Brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups are great for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but maintaining a great oral hygiene routine is detrimental to your overall health.
There are several different ways oral hygiene can affect your health, this includes Diabetes and Heart disease. Our mouths are full of bacteria. The germs in our mouth use the sugar in food to make acids. Once that acid is converted to Plaque it can only be remove by a dentist.
The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the worse they become over time, which may cause health issues and possible tooth extraction to follow.
The world Oral health report 2003 stated clearly that the relationship between oral health and general health is proven by evidence. Since that report, new evidence has emerged further strengthening the case.
Oral health and general health are related in four major ways:
- Poor oral health is significantly associated with major chronic diseases
- Poor oral health causes disability
- Oral health issues and major diseases share common risk factors
- General health problems may cause or worsen oral health conditions.
Dental decay is the second most costly diet-related disease in Australia, with an economic impact comparable with heart disease and diabetes. Evidence has demonstrated that these diseases are not just limited to the mouth, but importantly are linked to general health outcomes.
A large number of people knock back dental check-ups without realising the negative impact it is having on their overall health and well-being.
Improving your oral hygiene
The only sure-fire way to ensure your smile remains healthy as you age year after year is by visiting your dentist every 6 months for a dental check-up. They may be easy to push off our to-do list, but prevention through check-ups is one of the best things you can do for your smile and overall health.
Here at Plaza dental centre, we work to look after your oral hygiene. We also offer gap free cleans, so contact us today to see how we can help you!