As dental research advances, it is becoming increasingly clear that what goes on in the mouth plays an important part in what goes on in the rest of the body. The mouth is the gateway to the digestive system, which feeds the rest of the body, and it is also a gateway to the respiratory system, which fuels the body with oxygen.
A healthy mouth helps keeps the rest of the body healthy, and vice versa. Diseases that are associated with oral health include:
- diabetes (it increases your chances of gum disease and decreases your ability to heal)
- heart disease (the theory is that inflammation in the mouth causes inflammation in the blood vessels)
- osteoporosis (bone loss in the body usually means bone loss in the jawbone too).
There are also links to rheumatoid arthritis, lung conditions and obesity.
Keeping healthy can help keep the mouth healthy, and keeping the mouth healthy may also help keep the body healthy too.
Get those check-ups at the dentist in Southgate
Knowing the links between oral health and overall health is one reason why we want our patients at Adams Dental to have regular check-ups. If you are in good nick, this means coming in twice a year for us to give your teeth, gums, jawbone and other parts the once-over. If you have problems, or are pregnant, you may need to come in more often.
The two big issues, of course, are gum disease and tooth decay, neither of which can be spotted in their early stages unless you visit the dentist in Southgate, and both of which can lead to tooth loss and may affect your overall health.
Spot them early, treat them easily
Both problems are caused by the build-up of bacterial plaque, which gives off acids. They attack tooth enamel, creating holes through which decay can get in and attack the inner tooth. The acids also attack the gums, inflaming them and lifting them away from the tooth so that acids can get underneath to attack the tooth root and jawbone.
Treating both is easy in their early stages: fillings and good cleaning will sort you out. But as they advance, the treatment becomes more invasive and more complex.