Do we sometimes think that our oral health is less important than other things?
I think the majority of us would agree that maintaining good health is crucial. With more knowledge, many of us may now imagine living into our old age, which is made possible by staying active, eating healthily, exercising, and quitting smoking. After successfully bringing this to people’s attention, we believe that dental health should now receive more attention because it can also have a big impact on our lives in general.
Over time, the dentists at Southside Dental Care in Glasgow have seen what happens when people don’t take care of their teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease may have been common dental problems for a lot of people, but bad oral health can have a lot more serious effects on your overall health, which could even be fatal.
How To Maintain A Good Oral Hygiene
Even though we’ve already talked about this, we think it’s good to bring up important points about our health, including our oral health.
If we didn’t take action, bacteria and acids would damage our teeth and gums, resulting in pain and diseases that would quickly spread. Although there’s always room for improvement, maintaining the mouth cavity is fortunately rather simple. An excellent place to start is by eating foods that are beneficial for your teeth. This means you should try to eat less sweet food and stay away from acidic foods and drinks, as well as citrus fruits that are too sour.
Normally, brushing is where we start when cleaning our teeth. We suggest that our Glasgow patients talk to our dental hygienist about the best way to do this since it needs to be done right. Additionally, daily flossing between the teeth needs to be included. Our teeth get rougher as bacterial and mineral deposits accumulate over time, especially in areas where brushing is difficult. This rough surface needs to be cleaned by the hygienist using a treatment called “scale and polish”. You should be well on your way to having a healthy mouth with this and routine dental checkups.
Reason Why Oral Health Is Important
Various issues may arise if we do not properly maintain our oral health. Some of these are dangerous, and some could even be lethal.
The two most typical issues mentioned before are gum disease and tooth decay. Poor dental health makes it difficult for us to always eat the foods we want to, which can have an effect on our general welfare. In more severe cases, it can mean that we struggle to get enough nourishment, which can take away our happiness and possibly turn eating into a duty rather than a pleasure.
Gum disease is the second most prominent problem resulting from poor dental health. With better at-home care and a scale and polish, the gum condition known as gingivitis is typically curable. If this is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, a condition that harms the bone surrounding the tooth and the gums as well. Although periodontitis can cause tooth loss, it is also becoming more and more clear that it is associated with a number of serious general health problems. These include erectile dysfunction, heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, some lung ailments, and even cardiovascular disease. Although further research is needed, the overall opinion is that periodontal diseases cause germs to enter circulation, leading to the issues mentioned.
It is maybe a little ironic that while people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, some studies also show that those with gum disease are more likely to have diabetes. Definitely a case of the chicken or the egg argument.
Mouth cancer is one of the worst problems that can happen in the mouth and is linked to bad oral health. Oral cancer is the one that is likely to be affected by poor oral health, despite the fact that periodontitis has been connected to cancers generally. Like with other illnesses, there are other things to think about, like the bad effects of smoking and how it directly causes some cancers.
Mouth cancers can result in facial deformities, swallowing or speech problems, and other major health issues. Additionally, if not found and treated in time, this could prove to be fatal.
Even though Southside Dental Care Glasgow aims to promote oral health in a good way, it’s important to be mindful of what can happen if you don’t take care of your teeth and gums on a regular basis. We are here to help you keep your mouth healthy, which should lead to a healthy body as well. Visit our website today and book an appointment!