Oral health is more important than most people think. Regular visits to the dentist can do more than keeping your smile attractive. It can tell dentists a lot about your overall health, especially if you are at risk of developing a serious condition. Good oral health may actually prevent certain serious conditions from occurring.

The following conditions may be linked to oral health:

1. Bacteria from other parts of the body can spread through the bloodstream and infect damaged parts of the heart. Infection in the inner lining of the heart can cause endocarditis.

2. Cardiovascular diseases have been linked by some studies to infection from oral bacteria.

3. Pre-mature birth and low birth rate from periodontitis, a serious infection of the gums that affect the tissue and bones, which support the teeth.

4. People with diabetes are at higher risk of gum diseases and infections.

5. Osteoporosis has been linked to periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.

7. Tooth loss before the age of 35 has been linked to a higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

8. Oral cancer is characterized by the growth of cancerous tissue in the oral cavity.

9. People with kidney disease and doing dialysis treatment are also more prone to periodontal and other gum diseases due to a weakened immune system.

It is important to tell your dentist if you have any of these conditions. It is also important to tell you dentist if you are taking any medication whatsoever.

Protect Your Oral Health

1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, 2-3 minutes each time.The Bitter Truth and Cause of Losing your Teeth

2. Floss to remove the plaque that regular brushing can’t remove.

3. Eat a healthy diet and avoid sweets especially at night.

4. Avoid smoking and even smokeless tobacco, which can contribute to poor oral health.

5. Schedule dental checkups every six months.

A dental exam can detect poor nutrition, hygiene and other developmental problems. Give your dentists a complete medical history and talk to them about any medical concerns even if you don’t think it’s related to your oral health.

If you live in Oakville or Hamilton, give The Dental and Denture Office a call if you suspect an oral health problem.