Recent research has linked gum disease and oral health to poor medical outcomes. Here’s how you can prevent this in your family.
Dentist Dr Shevani Ramdin (pictured main) from Our Medical Dental in Crows Nest explains the many reasons why it’s important to take good care of our oral health.
“If you suffer from gum disease, cavities, or bad breath this can cause issues with your teeth and mouth. Our mouths are a pathway for bacteria to enter the body, meaning bacteria can enter the bloodstream, which can also cause infection or inflammation in other parts of the body”.
Taking good care of your teeth and gums can also keep your body healthy, which can help to prevent serious issues in the future. Being proactive with your preventative oral healthcare will not only keep your teeth and mouth feeling great, but your body feeling great too. But unfortunately, when we don’t make our oral health a priority, several health problems (including the below) can occur.
Respiratory Infections: Bacteria from infected or inflamed gums can transfer into the lungs which can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, or even bronchitis.
Dementia: Inflamed gums can release substances that are harmful to our brain cells which can lead to memory loss as a result of the bacteria spreading to the nerves.
Cardiovascular Disease: Poor oral health can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Bacteria from the infected gums enters the bloodstream, which can cause plaque to build up in the arteries, putting you at risk of a heart attack.
Prostate Problems: Men suffering from periodontal disease may have prostatitis which causes irritation and other prostate-related problems.
Diabetes: Diabetics are more likely to have infected gums than non-diabetics. Gum disease can also lead to higher blood sugar levels which can put a person at risk of developing diabetes.
Infertility: Poor oral health and infertility in women are linked. If a woman suffers from gum disease this can lead to issues with infertility which may make it difficult for a woman to conceive or have a healthy pregnancy.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: People who have gum disease are more likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. The bacteria in our mouths can increase inflammation in the body which increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Kidney Disease: Periodontal disease can lead to kidney disease, a health problem that affects the kidneys, heart, bones, and blood pressure. Patients with gum disease typically have weaker immune systems, making them susceptible to infection.
Prevention is key
It is essential to care of your oral health to better prevent serious health issues caused by bad oral health habits. Scheduling regular, 6 monthly dental check-ups & cleans can help keep your teeth and gums clean and detect any issues before they arise.
Dr Ramdin’s top tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy and in check include:
- Brushing and flossing your teeth daily
- Avoiding smoking or using any tobacco products or vaping
- Using mouthwash that contains fluoride
- Trying to stay away from food and drinks that contain lots of sugar
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Exercising regularly and taking care of your overall health
- Remember, good oral hygiene can help prevent problems such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, as well as prevent more serious health issues in your body.
Our Medical Dental in Crows Nest is open 7 days, providing General, Family & Cosmetic Dental services, offering the highest level of dental care for patients of all ages. New Patients and walk ins welcome. Afterpay accepted and maximum health fund rebates apply.
‘No Gap’ or $149 dental check-up and clean offer for new patients.
Ph 02 9067 4444 to book an appointment or visit www.ourmedicalhome.com.au/dental-clinics/crows-nest
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