Having good oral health is essential to a good quality of life. Unfortunately, the WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that tooth decay occurs in 60-90% of school-age children and up to 100% of adults.
A new bulletin, published on the official site of the WHO, also says that approximately 30% of people aged 65-74 years old have no natural teeth. Those that do have all or some of their natural teeth have likely practiced good oral hygiene or may have even undergone restorative dentistry. For the most part, most oral diseases such as tooth decay, infection, ulcers, periodontal disease and in some cases, cancer can be avoided by following a few simple preventative rules. Those rules include reducing overall consumption of sugar and alcohol, eating more fruits and vegetables, quitting smoking, and adhering to a proper hygiene regimen.
To prevent dental problems, the WHO recommends you should maintain constant low levels of fluoride in the oral cavity. Fluoride can be obtained from fluoridated drinking water, salt, milk, and toothpaste, as well as through professional application of the substance or mouthwashes. Under the prolonged exposure to an optimal level of fluoride, both children and adults tend to develop fewer dental-related issues. If the disease is advanced, you should always consult a doctor to avoid prolonged influence of the infection to the whole body.