The Importance of a Healthy Smile: Whether you find yourself in a small village in the countryside or in London Dentist surgeries aren’t in any shortage. Our oral health is as important as eating a balanced diet, but it’s not always common knowledge just what bad oral health can do or risk when it comes to you and your body. While regular dentist visits can help keep your smile healthy, it’s beneficial to know just why your oral health is so important.
What can poor oral hygiene mean for your mouth?
It’s common knowledge that gum disease and tooth cavities hurt. Mouth and facial pain due to tooth decay or infection can be some of the worst, least manageable pain that a human can face, simply because of how close to nerves your teeth truly are. In fact, tooth will likely reach nerves rapidly. If you’re suffering with tooth pain or facial pain, it could be a sign of infection in your gums. Gum disease affects over 70% of the population at some point in their lives, and so it’s important to make sure you take good care of your teeth and your overall oral hygiene to avoid becoming one of the 70%.
Unfortunately, Gum disease rarely only affects the mouth. Research has suggested that over 90% of all systematic diseases will have an effect on the mouth, or can be affected by it. Diabetes, Leukemia, Oral Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease and more can all be spotted earlier than if you waited for a physical manifestation on your body. Dentists can often be the first to notice signs of these diseases simply through the symptoms that appear in your mouth such as swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and other gum problems.
Mouth problems can affect some of your major organs, including your heart. The heart and it’s valves can easily become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, which is a condition that effects people with heart disease or anyone with damaged heart tissue. Digestive problems are also common, specifically become your mouth isn’t following the correct chemical or physical processes to break the food down enough for proper digestion. This can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders.
How can you keep good oral health?
Building up a good routine for cleaning can do wonders for your oral health. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss daily to remove plaque from any of the places that your toothbrush can’t reach. Use mouthwash for extra care, but ultimately, eating a healthy diet can actually prove to be more effective for providing all of the nutrients that you need to prevent gum disease and keep pleasant smelling breath and healthy teeth. Visit your dentist regularly for cleaning and examinations, and make sure you avoid any cigarettes and smokeless tobaccos, as these will yellow your teeth and increase tooth decay. Dental exams, though not necessarily plesant, will help detect any poor nutrition, and early signs of gum diseases, and any growth or development problems within your mouth and jaw. Keeping good oral health is important for keeping your overall health in check, so for a healthy smile, make sure you keep your teeth and mouth clean and fresh.