Oral Health Does Not Stop With Brushing and Flossing!

Many of us are aware of how lifestyle choices and influences affect our overall health. Sufficient rest, healthy diet, exercise and many more factors are all crucially important in keeping you fit and healthy! What many of us do not know is the link that oral health has with our general health.

Poor oral health is significantly connected with major chronic diseases.

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is a common and serious disease in Australia, affects our heart and blood vessels. Studies have reported that both periodontal disease and loss of teeth are associate with a greater risk for CVD.

Many oral health issues and major diseases share common risk factors.

  • Many oral cancers are associated with tobacco and alcohol use. Lip cancers are also known to have a strong correlation to high sun exposure. The state of ones’ oral health is determined by factors such as diet, hygiene, smoking, alcohol use and stress. These factors are common to many other chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and strokes.

General health problems may cause or worsen oral health conditions.

  • Treatments for thinning bones / bone loss due to cancers, may cause jaw problems such as pain, swelling, loose teeth, periodontal disease and infection. Many people on a variety of medications may lead to dry mouth, which increases the risk of dental decay and periodontal disease.

Examining the common risk factors between oral and general health demonstrates the importance of maintaining and upholding healthy oral habits and being conscious of the effects that major diseases have on oral health. With this being said, the importance of impeccable oral hygiene along with regular visits to a dental professional, assists in reducing these risk factors and obtaining your healthy smile to the highest possible quality!

Come and have one of our dentists evaluate your overall oral health! Call us on 02 9531 1312 to book in Miranda, or 02 9460 8909 to book in St Leonards. Alternatively book a consultation online via our booking page!

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