Smile Bright: Preventing Dental Disease and GumDisease

Dr Brian talking about brushing practices

By Dr Brian Rushaju Published in the All-Saints-Newsletter-Issue-02-December-2023.pdf

We often hear the saying, “A smile is a universal welcome” However, achieving that welcoming smile requires proper dental care and knowledge about common dental problems like dental disease and gum disease. In this article, we will delve into these issues, explore how they arise, and share tips on prevention. We will also highlight the vital role that dentists play in addressing these concerns.

Understanding Dental Disease and Gum Disease

Dental disease, often characterized by cavities, is a common oral health problem. It occurs when the protective enamel on our teeth losses minerals mainly calcium due to acid attacks from plaque buildup, leading to decay and, if left untreated, potentially causing tooth loss. The primary culprits are sugary diets, poor oral hygiene, and a lack of regular dental check-ups.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is another prevalent chronic dental issue. It begins as gingivitis, causing swollen and bleeding gums. Left untreated,it can progress to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss. Poor oral hygiene and tobacco use are significant contributors to gum disease.

Here are some of the ways one can prevent dental disease and gum disease:

Oral Hygiene: Regular brushing mainly twice a day and flossing your teeth is essential for maintaining oral health. Using fluoride toothpaste

Balanced Diet: limit sugary diet to meals and avoid snacking in between meals, replace refined sugars with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich dairy products. These can help strengthen your teeth.

Regular Dental Check-ups: Make it a habit to visit your dentist for check-ups and cleanings at least once a year. Early detection is key to preventing dental problems and increases the chance of reversing the curious process.

Tobacco and Alcohol: Quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption. These habits are harmful to your oral and overall health.

Stress Management: Chronic stress can lead to teeth grinding, which can damage your teeth. Practicing stress-reduction techniques can help.

Dentists are your partners in maintaining excellent oral health. They are trained to diagnose and treat dental problems, offering a range of services such as cleanings, fillings, extractions, and root canals. Dentists also provide guidance on proper oral care and dietary choices. At Run Foundation, a charity organization that I founded and work with, we understand the importance of access to quality dental care. Over the years, we have traversed the country to extend dental care services to vulnerable communities that cannot afford dental care and such issues were very prevalent in most regions.

Moved by this need we started the RUN Dental Clinics to support our commitment to make dental care accessible to all.

So supporting RUN Dental Clinics which offer a wide range of top notch dental services, including: Fillings for cavities, Extractions, Root canal treatments, Crowns and bridges, Orthodontic consultations and treatments among others will enable us to serve the unreached communities in Uganda.

We extend an invitation to individuals, churches and organizations to partners withus in order to extend urgent oral health care to the vulnerable. By joining hands with us, you can directly contribute to making quality dental services accessible and affordable to those in less privileged rural communities.

Visit us at any of our branchesat Akamwesi Mall, Gayaza road, or at London Chambers. Your support of our services directly aids our outreach efforts, helping us ensure that no one is left without the dental care they deserve.

Let us work together to bring brighter smiles to every face and offer hope to those in need.

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