Is there a link between oral health and overall health? Coast Dental Centre General and preventive dentistry in Maple Ridge
You may have heard that there is an increasing amount of evidence to suggest that a person’s oral health can affect the health of the rest of their body, and that poor oral hygiene can lead to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Many patients are now curious about the effect that their oral health has on their overall health.
Maintaining good oral hygiene practises can undoubtedly ensure protection from gingivitis, periodontal disease and decay. Some studies suggest that the bacteria and inflammation present in an unhealthy mouth can spread throughout the body and contribute to other ailments.
Will keeping your mouth perfectly clean ensure that you never get sick? Of course, the causes of heart disease, stroke and diabetes are complex, and are also influenced by lifestyle factors and genetics. However, there is evidence that maintaining proper oral hygiene and health can lower your risk of developing these issues later in life.
At Coast Dental Centre, we recommend coming in for regular dental check ups every six months or so, and definitely not less than once a year, as part of an all around healthy lifestyle. In addition to removing plaque and tartar buildup, these visits are a good opportunity to talk about any changes to your oral health you may be experiencing, and to address any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health. In addition, we do oral cancer screenings at every checkup. Oral cancer is best treated when caught in it’s earliest stages; if left undetected, oral cancer can metastasize, or spread to other areas of the body such as the lymph nodes and throat.
It seems like only common sense that an unhealthy mouth would lend to an unhealthy body as a whole. We understand that nobody has a perfect oral hygiene routine. We simply suggest doing the best you can to keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing twice a day and coming in for check ups as regularly as possible to boost your chances of remaining healthy and well throughout your lifetime. Good nutrition, managing stress, and getting regular exercise are also beneficial.
If you are overdue for a cleaning and checkup, contact us today to book an appointment.