What is the link between oral health and your overall health?
Your mouth is the starting point to your respiratory and digestive tracts. The human mouth contains various bacteria, most of which are harmless. However, some unhealthy bacteria can make their way down the digestive tract and cause disease or infection. The way to minimize risk of disease is by carrying out good oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing twice per day and flossing, making sure we are removing hardened plaque from between our teeth and gums. Without maintaining correct oral hygiene, oral infections such as tooth decay, periodontitis and in severe cases bone loss can arise.
Some particular health conditions that are known for potentially affecting oral health are:
- Diabetes: There has been research suggesting that people who have a diagnosis of gum disease have more difficulties controlling their blood glucose levels.
- Osteoporosis: This condition is closely related to periodontal bone loss which also enables teeth to become mobile.
- Alzheimer’s Disease: Proven deterioration of oral hygiene with the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Inform you dentist of current medications you take and advise of any changes in your overall health e.g., recent surgeries or chronic conditions.
How to best maintain your oral health:
- Using a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste brushing your teeth for two minutes each morning and night.
- Daily floss and Pikster use – speak to your hygienist on what size Pikster best suits you.
- Create a healthy eating habit. Limiting food and drink with high sugar content.
- Avoid snacking throughout the day. When eating making sure you rinse your mouth.
- Avoid tobacco use.
- Maintain regular dental check-up and cleans.
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