The effect of oral health on wellness

The effect of oral health on wellness

There is a strong connection between oral and overall health.

Good oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist can help to keep your teeth and gums in good condition. But did you know that these habits can also benefit your overall health? Research shows that there is a strong link between oral health and overall wellness, and that issues like gum disease are connected to a range of health conditions, such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Read on to find out how your oral health affects your overall wellbeing, and what Hyde Park Sydney suggest you to healthy…

What’s the connection?

The mouth is full of bacteria — some are harmless, while others can cause disease. With proper oral hygiene, bacteria in the mouth can be kept under control. If, however, you don’t brush and floss regularly, bacteria can grow and accumulate in the mouth. This can cause oral infections to occur, leading to issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Research suggests that the oral bacteria and inflammation that comes with gum disease might contribute to certain diseases, while other diseases (like diabetes, for example) can make the body more susceptible to infection and exacerbate oral health issues.

Which conditions are connected to oral health?

One’s oral health may contribute to a number of conditions, including endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. Endocarditis refers to an infection of the heart valves and can occur when bacteria from other parts of the body move through the bloodstream and attach to areas of the heart. Some studies suggest that heart disease could be connected to inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria.

Other conditions that may be affected by one’s oral health include pregnancy and certain birth complications, as well as pneumonia.

There are also a number of conditions that affect one’s oral health. These include diabetes, which reduces the body’s ability to resist infection; HIV/AIDS, which is often associated with painful lesions in the mouth; osteoporosis, which can cause bone and tooth loss; and Alzheimer’s disease, which is often linked to deteriorating oral health as the condition worsens.

How can you take care of your oral health?

To maintain good oral health, it is best to practice proper oral hygiene. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and to floss on a daily basis. Eating a balanced diet rich in whole foods is also key when it comes to taking care of your oral and overall health — try and limit your consumption of processed sugars and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

We also recommend that you see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans so that any issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, can be identified and resolved as soon as possible.

How can we help?

At Hyde Park Dental Sydney, we offer a wide range of dental treatments, oral health services, including children’s dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dentistry, general dentistry, orthodontics, preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry, sleep dentistry and virtually pain-free dentistry. To find out more about the services that we provide, please have a look here.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice in Hyde Park Square in the Sydney CBD. We provide top quality dental care in a compassionate and caring environment.

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