We often think that the only reason we need to take care of our teeth is so that we have an attractive smile. But oral health has a significant impact on our overall health - and if you don’t have a good oral routine, then you might find that other areas of your health are also impacted. No matter if you want to straighten your teeth, you would like them whitened, or you need some fillings - taking care of your teeth is taking care of your whole body’s health.
There are many issues that can arise with your mouth, including throat and tongue cancer. What many people don’t know, though, is that your dentist is likely to spot these signs early. If you go to regular screenings, they will inspect the gums, tongue in cheek and can spot signs.
Any lesions or other types of changes can mean that it is caught early enough to make a significant increase in how treatable it is. Early detection is key.
When you eat well, and you are conscious of your lifestyle - but often skip brushing your teeth and flossing, you might have an increased risk of heart disease. The heart and the teeth are linked. Studies show that when gum disease is present, extended exposure to bacteria can increase inflammation throughout the body - including the heart.
This point can be particularly important for those who have family members with a history of heart disease, heart attacks or any other cardiovascular issues.
Research shows that people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease - however, research also shows that gum disease may contribute to diabetes as it impacts blood glucose.
Since this is a two-way link, it is more important than ever to make sure that if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing it, you make sure you have a comprehensive mouth-cleaning routine.
Pregnancy can already be a worrisome time because there are so many things to avoid while your new baby grows. There are some typical aches and pains like back aches and tiredness - but when it comes to teeth, it is important to keep an eye out.
Periodontitis has been linked to both premature birth and low birth weight. During your pregnancy, it is essential that you make sure you get to your dentist so that they can monitor your teeth and gums.
How can you protect your oral health?
One of the most important things is visiting your dentist often. Your routine should look something like this:
Remember that some medications will impact your oral health, too - so discuss any of these with your GP and dentist to make sure that you are getting the right care.
For some people, it isn’t about what their teeth look like, but more about what they smell like; read more: 5 Ways to Stop Bad Breath.