Oral Health And Your Overall Health
Your oral health and your overall health are closely linked and may even provide clues about any underlying medical conditions.
How Is My Oral Health Connected With My Overall Health?
Your mouth is full of bacteria but the majority of them are harmless. Normally the natural defenses of your body and proper dental care, such as daily flossing and brushing can help keep these bacteria at bay. However, if not controlled, the harmful bacteria can result in oral infections, such as gum disease and tooth decay. Moreover, medications, treatments or dental procedures that reduce the flow of saliva disturb the normal balance of these bacteria in the mouth, making it easier for harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can cause serious medical conditions like heart disease and stroke.
The oral health of a person might affect, contribute to or be affected by a number of conditions including cardiovascular disease, endocarditis, diabetes, AIDS/HIV, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, low birth weight in babies, premature birth and other conditions. Make sure to discuss about your medications with an experienced dentist at Brighton Implant Clinic.
What Should I Do To Protect My Oral Health?
Maintaining a good oral hygiene should be your first step towards preventing yourself from dental conditions as well as other medical conditions associated with oral health. Maintaining proper dental hygiene includes:
- Brushing the teeth twice a day
- Changing the toothbrush every 3-4 months
- Flossing on a daily basis
- Eating a healthy nutritious diet
- Scheduling regular visits for dental checkups
If you notice any symptoms of oral health conditions, contact your dentist immediately. Take care of your oral health to prevent yourself from other serious medical conditions. For more information please feel free to Contact Brighton Implant Clinic or Call us on 0800 111 6623 .