The connection between oral health and overall health is more important than you might realise. Simply put the mouth is a point of entry for bacteria which can go straight into our bloodstream, potentially causing inflammation and infection anywhere from nerve channels to arteries.
This is not to be alarmist, plenty of bacteria in our mouth are harmless, and if you are generally healthy, have good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, then bad bacteria have little opportunity to establish themselves.
Gum disease is not a rare problem, and it is a key cause of bad bacteria. A dry mouth is also a cause, as saliva is vital to washing away food and preventing bad bacteria build up. Many common medications such as decongestants or painkillers can affect our saliva flow, reducing hygiene defence, so give extra care to your teeth if you notice side-effects when taking regular medicine. Wearing a face mask for long periods can also dry up saliva, as some people have a tendency to breathe through the mouth. In this case enhance your normal oral hygiene and drink plenty of water.
PREVENTING SERIOUS CONDITIONS
Teeth that ache, gums that bleed and bad breath are all indicators of problems to come. There are two points here; these symptoms may be indicators of other more serious ailments, such as diabetes, HIV or Alzheimers. Or they may lead directly to other conditions through bacterial infection, such as cardiovascular disease, pneumonia and endocarditis, an infection in the inner lining of your heart chambers. Again, the good news, all is preventable with high level dental care.
Brilliant Smile dental clinic at Waldhotel are firm believers in preventative care and the Solo-Prophylaxis concept,
“… a big word for a simple personal routine. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day, clean between your teeth with interdental brushes and visit the hygienist twice a year, because a professional cleaning is the only way to remove calculus (tartar), which traps plaque bacteria along the gum line.”
Prospective mothers should pay particular attention to their teeth and gums as dental problems can be exaggerated with pregnancy’s changing hormone levels. Look out for bad breath, loose teeth, or a change in their fit or bite, along with tender or bleeding gums and pus between your teeth and gums, these are signs of potential infection.
So dentistry is not just about a bright white smile, there is a clear mouth-body connection and a dental check-up is about your whole health care. Book into that hygienist and continue with a regular routine.