Did you know the condition of your oral health is connected to your overall health and wellbeing? 5 benefits of good oral health.
Good oral health is a crucial to maintaining the health of your entire body. A regular oral health routine, including brushing and flossing, not only keeps your smile healthy but can also improve total body health and your quality of life.
At Harris Dental Boutique in Bundaberg, we are strong advocates about educating our patients on the multiple benefits of good oral health to ensure their teeth last a lifetime; after all, prevention is always better than cure. Below are six benefits of good oral health that go beyond white teeth and fresh breath!
So, here is our list of the 5 benefits of good oral health.
1# Your mouth is the gateway to your body
Longitudinal research has confirmed that poor oral health can lead to serious oral health concerns such as gum disease, specifically periodontal disease, as a result of built-up bacteria on your teeth and gums. Periodontitis causes infection and inflammation within the mouth, which can attack other parts of your body through the bloodstream. Since inflammation is a major risk factor for heart disease, people with periodontal disease run a greater risk of having a fatal heart attack than people without periodontal disease. Remember, a healthy smile means a healthy heart!
2# Healthy teeth…healthy pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body will go through a wave of hormones that can change the condition of your oral and overall health. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to certain oral health conditions, such as periodontal disease. If you are pregnant, it is important to visit us for regular check-ups to ensure your oral and overall health, and giving your new born the best start in life.
3# Trying to lose weight? Start with a healthy smile!
Most of us can agree that not much tastes good right after brushing with minty toothpaste. Don’t wait until bedtime to brush; brushing your teeth straight after dinner can help you thwart late-night snacking. This psychological trick signals to your brain that you have finished eating, so use it to your advantage– have a healthy meal and then, before you are tempted to overeat or indulge in sweet desserts, go and brush your teeth.
4# Better quality of life
Did you know that good oral health can actually help you sleep better at night? Some patients suffer from a condition known as TMD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) which carries a number of unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, sleep apnea and jaw pain. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. Incorrect placement of your jaw joint, impacts your airways and lead to a myriad of night-time associated problems, especially sleep apnea.
5# Providing excellent dental treatment to the whole family
Children, adults and mature-aged patients have different oral health needs, and Dr Harris is experienced in providing dental treatment to people in all stages throughout their lives. At Harris Dental Boutique, we recommend you visit us for a check-up and professional clean every six months to help maintain optimal oral health. However, if you are feeling any pain or discomfort in the meantime, it is important to schedule an early examination. Detecting problems before they get worse is the most effective and efficient way to care for your smile. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.