The health of your mouth is more important than you might think. In fact, many people look at it as a window into your overall health. This means that not looking after your teeth and gums properly can have an even larger effect than gum disease and tooth loss.
There have been many studies and reports that suggest that poor oral health can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The oral bacteria that can cause inflammation and infection in the mouth can have a far-reaching effect and it’s definitely something to think about when you’re deciding whether or not to floss today!
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that, if not treated, can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Losing a tooth can be upsetting enough in itself but periodontitis has also been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. This is why it is so important for pregnant woman to attend for regular dental check ups.
Periodontal disease can also have far reaching effects for diabetics, who will find it harder to fight infection. This means those with diabetes are more likely to suffer with gum disease and will have problems with healing, too.
All of these facts are not here to scare you. Having an awareness of the effects that the health of your mouth can have on your whole body is a great piece of knowledge to have; and knowledge is power. Being more informed and having a greater understanding of the way your body works can be the key to a healthier life.
Give your oral health an MOT today by contacting the Harley Street Dental Group on +44 (0) 20 7636 5981 to book an appointment.
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