Though everyone is aware of the importance of healthy teeth, some of the most common issues caused by poor oral health may be quite surprising to some. Not only do you have to contend with an impact on self-confidence, but it can also lead to several diseases, tooth loss and even impact unborn children. In today’s article, we look at the impact of oral health on general health and wellbeing and ways you can maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
The importance of healthy teeth: Impact of oral health on general health and wellbeing
Poor oral hygiene not only effects your health but can severely impact a person’s self-confidence. If left unchecked, poor oral hygiene can result in halitosis (bad breath) and tooth decay, which can one feeling self-conscious about their appearance or effect on other people. In a same vein, severely yellow teeth can also have an impact on how a person views themselves, which is why it’s important to brush often and limit intake of staining beverages.
Save money on dental procedures
One of the lesser talked about points on the impact of oral health on general health and wellbeing is the costs involved with saving a smile. If your teeth deteriorate to the point where crowns, implants or dentures are needed, you can expect to pay thousands of dollars. Maintaining a good oral health routine can help prevent the need for costly and uncomfortable dental visits, saving you money for better activities.
Keeping your teeth
Though dentures are an amazing invention, wearing them can take some getting used to. What many people might not be aware of is the impact losing teeth has on surrounding teeth and the jawbone. Even losing just one tooth can cause the resulting teeth to shift, which can severely impact a person’s bite. Losing several teeth impacts the jawbone, as there’s no longer any roots to sustain its growth. In time, a jawbone will wear away without a tooth’s support, which makes eating incredibly difficult. This is often why more patients are opting for implant retained dentures, for additional support to their jawbone and to stop dentures from slipping.
Reduce the risk of disease
Did you know that not only are you more susceptible to gum disease but an array of other health issues too? This is because gum disease can send bacteria through the blood stream, causing the blood to thicken. Clots forming can have a big impact on the heart, as it’s no longer receiving the nutrients it needs to function properly – potentially resulting in a heart attack.
Improve chances of having a healthy baby
If a pregnant woman experiences gum disease because of poor oral health, it increases the chances of having a premature child – and considering up to 70% of mothers experience gingivitis due to rising hormone levels, it’s worth seeing a dentist before it progresses to Periodontal disease.
Impact of oral health on general health and wellbeing
How to maintain a good oral health routine
- Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss teeth before going to bed, to get the debris stuck between teeth.
- Avoid having too many sugary beverages and food.
- See your dentist for regular check ups.
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