In order to achieve a healthy body, having healthy teeth and mouth is also important and this can be made possible if you stick to good oral hygiene and if you visit your dentist regularly. Your oral health is directly linked to the condition of your general health because many conditions and diseases are developed with poor oral hygiene.
Studies suggest that there is an association between your oral health and your general health because your bodily condition is the reflection of how well you give proper care for your teeth and gums. Poor oral health can result in a number of life threatening diseases; examples of these are diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, heart attack and many others. If you provide proper care to your oral health, you will be reducing your risk of developing these chronic problems.
Your oral health is the window to the health of your body because bodily conditions and diseases can manifest through a person’s oral health. Examples would be the mouth sores or lesions which can actually be an indication of a more serious problem like HIV infection, or bleeding gums that can be an indication of blood disorders, or the changes with how your teeth appear can indicate anorexia or bulimia. If you wonder how oral health problems can also cause problems to your body, it is basically because of the spread of bacteria in your mouth, If bacteria proliferate and is not controlled, it can travel to other parts of your body where it can damage your other organs or may cause certain infections. When this happens, your immune system is weakened and it will be a lot easier for you to develop more unwanted diseases. Gum problems are just one of the many oral health problems that have been linked to many systemic conditions.
Poor oral health can lead to many serious conditions and some of them are the following:
- Heart disease and cardiovascular diseases
- Lung disease and other respiratory diseases
- Premature delivery or giving birth to a low weight infant
- Stroke and heart attack
Maintaining good oral hygiene can help reduce your risk of health problems especially when you visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups and dental cleanings. Some of the most common problems you can avoid are the following:
- Oral and facial pain which can be a result of teeth and gum infections. If infections in your mouth are not detected immediately and if they are not given immediate treatment, it can possibly lead to decay, cavities, tooth loss and many others. An example of an oral health problem that can cause early tooth loss is gum disease which can progress to an advanced stage called periodontitis.
- Digestion problems which can be caused by poor oral health. Remember that your mouth is the very first place where digestion begins.
How to maintain good oral health?
Staying on top of your oral health is not a very difficult thing to do provided that you do regular brushing and flossing and following your schedules for your regular dental visits. Your dental appointments are crucial to your oral health because your dentist gets to check the overall condition of your mouth and detect early signs of oral health problems. Your dentist will also be able to tell if you are not getting the right nutrition that your oral health needs. And though your dentist can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, here are the things you can do for proper home oral care:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and use fluoride toothpaste. Do not rush brushing and make sure you spend 2 to 3 minutes for brushing alone in order to ensure thorough cleaning. Follow the proper brushing techniques and brush your teeth in an up and down motion.
- Floss daily and do it at least once a day as this will help you clean the areas in your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach.
- Maintain a well-balanced and nutritious diet.
For more information on achieving good oral health, you can call Manchester Smiles at (860) 265-8047, or visit our dental office at Manchester Smiles, 168 Spencer Street, Manchester, CT 06040.