The importance of good dental health can’t be overstated. Studies show that poor dental health is linked to a host of diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications, to name a few. Many people wrongly assume that brushing and flossing their gums and teeth are done just to avoid getting cavities and keep their breath fresh, but having good dental health is directly connected with good overall health.
What is the Connection?
The condition of your dental health may indicate if you are prone to develop a disease that can affect your general health. Such signs as sores in the cheeks or tongue can be a sign of diseases like diabetes. The mouth contains bacteria; although most of them are harmless, some can cause tooth decay or gum disease, which has been linked to diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
Studies show that gum disease may lead to heart disease because the bacteria in the gum infection break loose and lodge in a blood vessel, increasing the chance of clot formation. Clots reduce the blood flow to the heart, raising the blood pressure and thereby increasing the risk of a heart attack.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there is an increased frequency of gum disease for those with diabetes. Recent research also suggests that severe gum disease may have the possibility to affect blood glucose levels and aid in the advance of diabetes.
What is Poor Dental Health?
Periodontal disease develops when plaque that forms on your teeth is not removed and turns to tartar. It causes inflammation that irritates the gums, making them easily bleed. Called gingivitis, this disease may develop into severe periodontal disease.
You can reverse gingivitis by removing the plaque before it hardens to tartar by brushing and flossing every day and with regular visits to our specialist for a cleaning. Once it changes to tartar, it cannot be removed by you. It requires a professional cleaning. Getting rid of the gingivitis is important before it turns into periodontitis, which involves infections in the gums between the teeth. Periodontitis can interfere with the way the root attaches to the bone, which may lead to bone loss. The teeth may become so loose that they actually fall out.
Book a Dental Appointment
When you visit our specialist at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, your teeth and gums will be examined. You will be informed if any treatment is required to restore good dental health. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to our specialist are the best way to maintain good dental health and prevent overall health problems. Contact us today to book an appointment in Layton and get started!