What is the impact of your oral health on your overall health, and why must you be diligent about your oral hygiene?
The health of your mouth often mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. If you are generally healthy, your mouth will reflect that. Conversely, if you have poor oral health, that will directly impact on your body condition.
The link between gum health and other diseases
Research has shown that there is a direct link between gum (periodontal) disease and heart health. If you have active periodontitis, you are at increased risk of developing heart disease.
Severe gum disease in women has also been shown to be correlated to an increased risk of pre-term delivery and giving birth to a low birth-weight baby. New research constantly shows links between poor gum health and its association with other diseases.
How your mouth can give you clues about your health
Many health complications or diseases can have oral manifestations such as dry mouth, swollen gums and mouth ulcers . Your dentist may be able to pick up early stages of health concerns at your regular dental check-up.
This is a compelling reason to maintain your oral health and hygiene. Ensure that you brush twice daily, floss once daily and visit your dentist every 6 months to maintain tip-top oral hygiene so as to minimise health risks.
As we welcome 2017, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, and a great start to your oral health!