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The Importance of Dental Care

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The Importance of Dental Care

21 February 2022

Did you know that your oral health can reveal information about your general health and that disorders in your mouth can influence your entire body? That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to not only understand the service Etwall Dental Practice offers but also what you can be doing at home to care for your oral health.

What Is Dental Care?

Dental care is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean in order to prevent dental problems. Similarly, dentistry is the practice of taking care of one’s teeth professionally, including oral hygiene and dental surgery.

Why Is Dental Care Important In Old Age?

Oral health is an important aspect of elderly people’s overall health. Dental problems might make it difficult to ingest and absorb drugs effectively. Poor dental health care has also been linked to pneumonia and heart disease in the past. It is therefore critical to promote older people’s oral health and wellbeing.

Why Is Dental Care Important During Pregnancy?

Maintaining oral health is a vital element of prenatal care if you’re expecting. When you’re pregnant, you’re more likely to develop oral health issues, which can have a negative impact on your pregnancy. Some studies, for example, have found a relationship between gum disease and premature birth. Premature newborns are more likely to suffer health difficulties at delivery and later in life than full-term babies.

During pregnancy, taking proper care of your mouth, teeth, and gums will help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

How Does Oral Health Link To Overall Health?

Your mouth, like other parts of your body, is teeming with germs, most of which are harmless. However, because your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory systems, some of these bacteria can cause illness.

Bacteria are normally kept under control by the body’s natural defences and regular oral health care, such as frequent brushing and flossing. Without adequate dental hygiene, bacteria can build up to the point where they cause oral infections including tooth decay and gum disease.

Decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics, and antidepressants, among other drugs, might lower saliva flow. Saliva sweeps away food and neutralises acids created by bacteria in the mouth, assisting in the protection of the body against microorganisms that reproduce and cause disease.

What Diseases And Conditions Are Linked To Oral Health?

Your dental health could have a role in a number of diseases and ailments, including:

  • Endocarditis. When bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, migrate through your bloodstream and adhere to certain locations in your heart, an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) occurs.
  • Atherosclerosis is a type of cardiovascular disease. Although the link is not entirely understood, some evidence suggests that oral bacteria might induce inflammation and infections, which can lead to heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke.
  • Complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Premature birth and low birth weight have been connected to periodontitis.
  • Pneumonia. Bacteria from your mouth can enter your lungs and cause pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.

The following conditions may have an impact on your oral health:

  • Diabetes. Diabetes puts your gums at danger by lowering your body’s response to infection. Diabetes patients appear to have a higher incidence and severity of gum disease.
  • Gum disease patients had a tougher time maintaining their blood sugar levels, according to research. Diabetes control can be improved with regular periodontal treatment.
  • HIV/AIDS. In HIV/AIDS patients, oral problems such as painful mucosal sores, which are common.
  • Osteoporosis. Periodontal bone loss and tooth loss are linked to this bone-weakening illness. Certain osteoporosis medications have a modest risk of causing damage to the jaw bones.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. As Alzheimer’s disease worsens, oral health deteriorates.

Preventing Oral Problems

Practice appropriate dental hygiene on a daily basis to safeguard your oral health.

  • At least twice a day, brush your teeth for two minutes each time. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss on a daily basis.
  • After brushing and flossing, use mouthwash to remove any remaining food particles.
  • Limit sugary foods and beverages and have a healthy diet.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are worn or splayed.
  • Schedule dental cleanings and check-ups on a regular basis.
  • Tobacco use should be avoided.

Maintain your oral health or get expert medical advice from Etwall Dental Practice. If you feel as though you may want to learn more about preventing oral problems or any cosmetic treatment, please get in touch with us via phone on 01283 733391 or fill out our contact form and a member of the team will get back to you to discuss treatment options.

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