Oral Health & Disease Prevention
Most people don’t relate the subjects of oral health and disease prevention together, but they are an integral part of each other. Oral health has a big role in promoting overall health. It’s not only key to your appearance and confidence level, but oral health is fundamental for your general health and well-being at every point in your life. It isn’t enough to take care of yourself simply by watching your diet, drinking in moderation, or getting eye examinations regularly. You need to be paying attention to oral health as well. The risk factors can impact your general health, so it’s in your best interest to develop strategies to take care of everything from top to bottom.
If you have a healthy mouth, it not only helps to take in all the nutrition you are supplying, but it can be a window to what is going with the rest of your body. If your gums bleed, you might have gum disease, but the bleeding could be symptomatic of a blood disorder. If ulcers are present, you might be suffering from Crohns or Celiac disease. Mouth lesions can be a sign of HIV. If any of these are issues, you might find it difficult to eat. If you can’t digest your food, you lose the capability to create strong and healthy teeth and gums.
Watching your oral health may help control the risks to any number of chronic diseases. Bacteria, known as plaque builds up with poor oral health. If it isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar and can lead to gum disease. Gum disease and even cavities can turn into serious infections, or they can increase the risk of more serious conditions, such as diabetes and respiratory diseases. There is also the chance that the bacteria will travel to the system from the mouth to the lungs, causing aggravating an existing lung conditions or causing a new infection. That bacteria could also lead to infective endocarditis, a serious condition when the inner tissues of the heart become inflamed. Poor oral health has been linked to problems related to sleeping, and to developmental or behavioural problems in children. Finally, scientists today are studying the impact between poor oral health and pregnant women giving birth to premature babies or babies born with a low birth weight, two very serious issues.
If you maintain good oral health, you will minimize your risks for disease. These steps are simple things you can do every day. It’s as uncomplicated as brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis, and using a mouthwash to reduce bacteria present in your mouth. Do not smoke. Eat a healthy diet, with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and minimal sugar, caffeine and soda pop. See your dentist once every six months for a cleaning and dental exam. Your dentist is able to recognize certain issues before you become aware of them (if there is no pain involved).
Established in 1995, The Accolade Dental Centre, located in mid town Toronto, has ultra-modern equipment and uses the latest technology and techniques for good oral health to serve our patients best. Give us a call today to book an appointment at (416) 928-6828.