A healthy mouth means more than just a good looking smile. As dental science advances, so does our understanding of the relationship our oral health has to the rest of our bodies. With this Carillon City Dental new understanding comes a greater responsibility that we have to ourselves to make sure that we look after not only our mouth, but the rest of our bodies too. With proper care you can avoid a trip to your local emergency dentist in Perth, or even the hospital.
- Gum Disease. This disease, although not fatal, can cause further complications that go far beyond your mouth, although we’ll save that for other points. Gingivitis is an early sign of Gum disease, and with proper treatment (brushing and flossing regularly) it can be reversed. However, if left untreated, it can quickly turn into “periodontis” (Gum disease) which is much harder to treat. Your gums will pull away from your teeth, forming pockets, which will then become infected. The plaque will have the opportunity then to spread below your gum line, infecting the bone and the connective tissue that the teeth use to support themselves. Couple this with the bodies natural response to infection and the connective tissue quickly starts to break down. Your teeth will become loose and eventually either fall out or have to be removed.
Gingivitis is easily treatable and you should contact your dentist immediately if you notice blood when brushing.
- Heart Attack Prevention. You’d be forgiven if you’d think that this is a little far fetched, but recent research has shown a direct link between good oral health and the overall health of the body. Heart disease links to oral health through the spread of the same bacteria that causes periodontis. The bacteria gets absorbed into the bloodstream via the mouth and can reach your whole body. One theory suggests that tartar buildup that causes periodontis bacteria can leak into the bloodstream. The bacteria then makes a fatty plaque like substance that can lead to complications when it gathers and blocks arteries from working properly, restricting the blood flow, oxygen and eventually leading to stroke or heart attack. A lot of people assume that their teeth are fine just because they feel fine. Even though this may be the case, only a dentist can really tell, so it’s important to have regular check ups. It could be a life changing appointment.
- Keeping your unborn baby healthy. Having a clean and healthy mouth is perhaps one of the easiest things you can do to prevent your unborn child from being born early or underweight. There is a growing body of evidence which shows mothers with bad oral hygiene are more likely to give birth prematurely and to underweight babies. Scientists aren’t exactly sure how the two link together, but early research suggests that gum disease somehow increases the level of biological fluids that can induce labour. Maintaining a good level of oral hygiene is perhaps more important than ever when you’re expecting a child.