Will these tips help avoid emergency dentistry?
A scientist from a US dental school has debunked some myths that may lead to emergency dentistry.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine faculty member Carole Palmer said that poor oral health could have far-reaching effects, especially for pregnant women.
She suggested that eating poorly could lead to babies’ mouths and teeth not developing properly, which may cause them to need cosmetic dentistry in later life.
“Oral complications combined with poor diet can also contribute to cognitive and growth problems and can contribute to obesity,” she explained, warning parents to make sure their children have healthy diets.
Osteoporosis can cause tooth loss, she added, advising the elderly not to become complacent as they age because chronic health conditions, more common in later life, can lead to gum disease.
A recent study found that type two diabetes can double the chances of losing teeth.
Ms Palmer also reminded people that baby teeth should not be lost to tooth decay if possible and that sugar is not the only cause of dental problems.