More people are becoming aware of the link between oral health and our general health but the mouth is often seen as separate from the rest of the body.
People don’t realize that decay of their teeth is an infection and that infection can directly affect their general health.
What happens in our mouth doesn’t only remain there.
The links between oral health and general well-being are not all known yet.
One theory is that the bacteria that builds up between teeth and gums can enter the bloodstream and settle elsewhere in the body, causing damage to other organs such as the heart.
The same type of bacteria found on the walls of the arteries is also found in plaque on our teeth.
Plaque build-up on your teeth will make your gums bleed when you brush and floss and bleeding gums are an indication of infection.
The Journal of the Canadian Dental Association shows gum disease may be more prevalent among diabetic patients than non-diabetic people.
Diabetics are more likely than non-diabetics to suffer severe bone loss, tooth loss and infections from gum disease.
Despite its harmful effects, gum disease can be prevented and easily reversed if caught in the early stages by practising good oral health habits.
Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day and be sure to have a dental check-up at least once a year.
As always, we welcome new patients and our helpful friendly staff is on hand Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to book your appointment with one of our dentists or with our hygienist.