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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is oral health?

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  • Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    ORAL HEALTH is the healthiness of the teeth, gums and tongue. It plays a large role in the health of a person as any disease or bacteria can get into the blood stream through the gums or enter the digesttion tract.

  • Principal dentist of Newington Dental Care. Previous teaching staff for the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney. Special interest in dental anxiety management and orthodontics. … View Profile

    In general it's the management and care of everything inside the mouth but can also extend to the head and neck area. I agree with Dr Jaffar, the impact of Oral Health (or lack thereof) can affect other body systems and vice versa. That's why it's important to consult with both your GP and your dentist regularly to maintain overall general health.

  • Nikki Martin

    Speech Pathologist

    I have over 13 years experience in adult Speech Pathology and specialise in voice and swallowing problems/cancers of the face and throat. I work very … View Profile

    Oral health is always recommended by Speech Pathologists for people with swallowing issues. It is essential for people with swallowing issues to msintain good oral health/hygiene. As the mouth contains bacteria, by maintaining oral health, the levels are kept safer. This means if saliva is aspirated (goes down the wrong way into the lungs +/- cough) there is less chance of developing aspiration pneumonia.

    Nikki Martin
    Speech Pathologist

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    Oral health is the abscence of oral disease. There are literally hundreds of oral conditions and general health conditions that can effect oral health. Dental health on the other hand is the abscence of diseases effecting the teeth and their supporting tissues (gums, tooth joint and bone support) While there are many general health issues that can cause problems with the periodontal tissues the main cause of dental disease is dental plaque which is a soft sticky film that is a mix of food and bacteria that can be easily removed from teeth with brushing, flossing and toothpicks. For the "Secret to Dental Health" see this link

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