The Importance Of Oral Health

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Register to read the introduction… No one can truly be healthy unless he or she is free from the burden and of oral health and craniofacial diseases and conditions.” (Excerpt from the report Healthy People 2010: Oral Health) Oral Health is inseparable to general health. It affects one’s self-esteem and quality of life. More specifically, it affects how we communicate, our ability to eat, our choice of foods, our social interactions at school and work, and how we sleep. As a nation, we need to know the importance of good oral health and how it may affect our overall health. Healthy People 2010 identified the most significant preventable threats to health and have established goals to increase the quality and the years of life as well as eliminate health disparities. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy People 2010: Oral …show more content…
One town in particular is Bethune, South Carolina. During the year 2000 Census it was discovered that the town consisted of 352 people, 165 households and 104 families. African Americans only account for 9.66% of the population. About 5.3% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line. Several families do not have sufficient transportation. The town does not have a dental clinic. Therefore, the majority of people believe in home remedies that have been passed down from generation after generation. However, in order to change and break down these three barriers society must educate the people. Currently, several small children from Bethune attend the Kershaw County Head Start program. This program is federally funded. According to the National Head Start Association …show more content…
If you get periodontitis at this time you will have to see a specialist for treatment. Periodontitis can result in loss of teeth due to the bones which support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. There are many forms of periodontitis. Aggressive periodontitis occurs in clinically health patient; however it has rapid loss of bone which to aggregation. Chronic periodontitis usually has inflammation in the supporting tissues of the teeth which is seen mostly in adults but can occur in younger age. Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases is found in young adults and associated with heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes. Necrotizing periodontitis disease is an infection characterized by necrosis of gingival tissues, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. These lesions are most commonly observed in individuals with systemic conditions such as HIV infections, malnutrition and immunosuppression. (American Academy of

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