The Effects of Oral Health on Overall Health
Dentistry is not just an add-on in your healthcare routine. Just as most people only think of their digestive system when it isn’t working properly, so many people fail to attend to their oral health until they become aware of a problem.
That means that many people are in poorer oral health than they could be, and the effects could be further-reaching than many of us realize.
How do healthy teeth and gums contribute to our overall health and happiness? Let’s take a closer look.
When you have healthy teeth, it’s easier to maintain your confidence and self-esteem. You smile at yourself in the mirror, and you must admit, you’re looking good! You carry that confidence into your career, your relationships with friends and family, and your day-to-day personal business.
Your confidence is infectious. Because you feel comfortable in your own skin, other people feel comfortable with you.
Physical Health and Wellbeing
Both teeth and gums play an important role in your physical health. While you’ve probably experienced the pain of a toothache or may have experienced the inflammation caused by a dental abscess, untreated problems with your teeth can lead to other complications too. These include:
- Bad breath.
- Bacterial infections that spread from tooth abscesses.
- Loss of teeth affecting the efficiency of digestion and limiting nutrition.
But although the teeth themselves are important to your physical health, your gums may be even more important. Studies have uncovered a plethora of very serious health risks associated with gum disease.
Gum disease is frighteningly common and carries with it the following additional health risks:
- Increased likelihood of premature birth and low birth weight of babies when the mother suffers from gum disease.
- Increased likelihood of stroke.
- A greater chance of cardiovascular (heart and circulatory system) problems.
- Loss of teeth owing to gum disease that breaks down the tissue and bone that supports them.
- A greater incidence of diabetes-related complications among gum disease sufferers.
- Respiratory illnesses originating from bacterial infection of the gums.
Healthy Teeth and Gums for a Healthy Body
Keeping our teeth and gums healthy is vital to our physical and psychological well-being. That means preventing problems rather than waiting till one crops up. You can ensure good oral health in the following ways:
- Brush twice daily and floss at least once a day.
- Go for regular dental checks to uncover any oral health problems before they become serious.
- Have your teeth cleaned by an oral hygienist if your dentist at Birch Dental Group recommends
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.
- If you smoke, quit smoking.
- Anti-bacterial mouthwashes, fluoride toothpaste, and sugar-free gum will also help you to keep your mouth healthy.
- Women should go for a dental check if they plan a pregnancy or have discovered that they are pregnant.
Finally, it’s important for you to have a family dentist whom you trust. He or she will be well-acquainted with your family’s oral health history, and as a medical professional, will only suggest procedures that are essential to maintaining your oral health. In doing so, your dentist also protects your overall health and can help you to live a longer, happier, and healthier life