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The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health

posted August 28th, 2020

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There is no denying that oral health is important; good oral hygiene helps to prevent the buildup of bacteria around the teeth and gums, which in turn helps to prevent a range of issues including gum disease and tooth decay

There is no denying that oral health is important; good oral hygiene helps to prevent the buildup of bacteria around the teeth and gums, which in turn helps to prevent a range of issues including gum disease and tooth decay. However, the impact of oral hygiene extends far beyond keeping your mouth healthy. There is a strong link between oral health and overall health, which highlights just how important oral health really is.

How Does Oral Health Impact Overall Health?

It is no secret that poor oral health, which is caused by poor oral hygiene, can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, but it has also been linked to a range of other problems that are not specifically found in the mouth. Cancer, diabetes and heart disease have all been associated with poor oral health. For example, it is thought that gum disease can increase your chances of developing a range of serious health problems such as preterm labour, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. This is why maintaining a good standard of oral health, meaning ensuring teeth and gums are healthy, is a vital part of maintaining your overall health.

As well as being linked to developing health problems, oral health can be used to detect the early signs of many others. The first signs of conditions such as AIDS and diabetes are often found in the mouth, in the form of mouth lesions and similar issues. This is also the case with many other systemic diseases.

There is also a strong link between saliva and overall health, as saliva can be used to detect a range of substances in the body. Using saliva alone, doctors can tell a lot about what is happening in the body. For example, cortisol levels in saliva are often used to test for stress in newborns and certain proteins found in saliva can help to monitor bone loss in those with osetoporisis.

At Bite Dentistry, we take oral health seriously. We understand that maintaining good oral hygiene and health is a key part of maintaining overall health, something that we all strive for. This is why we do everything we can to help our patients stay on top of their oral health, which goes on to benefit the body’s overall health. To find out more about Bite Dentistry and our dental services, get in touch with the helpful team.

Dr. Eimear O'Connell

BDS (Edin, 1992) MFGDP
DipImpDent RCS Ed FFGDP

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