Is pollution affecting your oral health?

Pollution is on the rise, and we often discuss its effects on the respiratory organs and the skin but we ignore effects on oral health.

Oral health is a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life. WHO defines oral health as “a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection, and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking and psychosocial wellbeing? Oral diseases are the most frequent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and affecting humans lifelong, resulting in pain, malaise, malformation, and till death.

The gases released on burning crackers are acidic in nature. The erodent present in the pollution stay in the air and find a way to enter the human body along with food and result in tooth erosion. Like the way rocks erode in the surf, the teeth also erode by pollutants.

Chlorine a major pollutant causes pigmentation of teeth, softens the enamel and cause chipping of the teeth. Other harmful effects include gum diseases, tooth loss and even oral cancer.

We take various measures to protect ourselves from pollution, but oral health is at minimum attention.

How to fight the Risk Of Air Pollution?

  • Brush twice a day to help prevent tartar formation and protect oral health
  • Wash your mouth with natural products like salt and aloe vera
  • The gums should always be massaged at least once a day.
  • Visit a dentist every six months for a professional cleaning.
  • Keep your mouth covered when working outdoors.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day to help avoid dry mouth
  • Load up on vitamin C-rich foods, such as citrus fruits.

Simple preventive measures like brushing your teeth twice, rinsing your mouth with water and flossing teeth properly should be ensured.

There is no way to reverse tooth erosion. In order to prevent tooth enamel erosion, it’s crucial to brush your teeth regularly and eat healthy.

There are various studies that study Hair and dental tissues as indicators of environmental pollution. The surveys show that toxic elements content in dental hard tissues is higher, and the level of essential elements was less in polluted areas than less polluted areas.

 

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