How your dental wellbeing speaks about a lot more than just your teeth.
1. Heart Problems
Did you know that gum disease can cause bacteria to travel to your heart, causing clotting in your arteries and interfering with blood flow, which may contribute to coronary artery disease? Researchers are still investigating the links between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, but by treating gum inflammation you could lower your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Did you know that a receding gum line and loosening teeth may indicate weakness in the bones that support your teeth? While the strength of your bones is not linked to the strength of your teeth, the strength of the supporting structures around your teeth can say a lot about the health of your bones. This weakness may be an early warning sign of osteoporosis.
3. Oral Cancer
Did you know that one of the first signs of oral cancer is often small red or white spots/sores on the gums, lips, tongue or cheek lining? Early detection can be critical, and your dentist can recommend relevant tests and biopsies for any suspicious tissues.
Did you know that many people grind their teeth while sleeping when suffering from stress? This grinding can lead to chipped teeth, worn teeth, jaw pain and ultimately bone loss. Your dentist may note an increase in wear on your teeth and recommend stress management solutions or that you wear a splint while sleeping.
5. Mental Health issues
Did you know that researchers speculate a link between gum disease bacteria and brain function? A recent report in the Journal of American Geriatric Society found that people who brushed their teeth less than once a day were 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily.
Regular appointments could help your dentist spot warning signs for potential health issues, allowing you to take necessary steps to prevent or treat them. Make sure you book your routine dental check ups and cleans to keep your oral health and your general health in tip top condition.