The general public don’t seem realise how much their dental health affects the rest of their health. It can make all the difference to a person’s well-being. Here at Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry we decided to compile a new UK dentistry guide for those interested in preserving their oral health and to help them understand just how the condition of their teeth can have an impact on the rest of the body.
Having specialised in areas of aesthetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for many years now we have come to understand the importance of maintaining teeth and gums for the benefit of overall health, not just the mouth. Most people see their smiles only in an aesthetic light and in terms of appearance.
But there is an intimate connection between oral health and the rest of the body.
What’s the connection between dental health and overall health?
Inside your mouth there is an excess of bacteria that can be controlled though oral hygiene techniques as simple as brushing and flossing. However, harmful bacteria can sometimes grow out of control causing nasty infections, decay and disease. The lower your oral defences are the more the likelihood is for bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
Cavities and gum disease are often contributing factors towards infections, respiratory illnesses and conditions such as diabetes. There are more direct implications when it comes to lifestyle choices such as smoking which can cause gum disease (and quite frequently does) as well as more serious problems like oral cancer.
Other connections between your oral hygiene with your body and overall health include the affect on a person’s ability to chew and digest food properly plus sleeping problems (particularly if a person suffers from toothaches).
We explored gum disease in a previous blog and found out just how much it can affect bones that support the teeth and inflame the gums. Gum disease left untreated leads to all manner of health risks and consequences from tooth loss to aggravating other potential conditions such as respiratory and infections. Gum disease also impacts your risk of heart attack.
There have been studies conducted regarding pregnant women with poor oral health and how it can increase risk of delivering pre-term, birth abnormalities, asthma and behavioural/development issues in the child.
Lifestyle choices are a predominant factor in this process. The better overall your general health is in mind and body, the less you have to fear. Oral health is important in all stages of a person’s life from childhood to old age. Some symptoms can go undetected for a long time until there are more apparent signs from pain or infections. Without treatment these problems can be a detriment to your overall health and lead to much bigger medical concerns.
If you are concerned in any way about your dental health then why not contact us for an initial consultation?