09 Jan

Keep your body healthy with regular check ups from City of London dentist

Sometimes we are all guilty of taking short cuts when it comes to our dental health. We all know we should brush our teeth twice a day for three minutes and floss to keep our teeth and mouth as healthy as possible, but sometimes with the demands of modern life these seemingly little things can get overlooked. But could be this be dangerous and not just for the health of our teeth?
Dental and oral hygiene can often be an indicator of overall health. Many diseases in the body have manifestations in the mouth to indicate that we may be suffering. Likewise, many conditions that begin in the mouth can have a larger impact on our bodies that we might not realise. The mouth is the gateway to our internal organs so it makes sense that any problems occurring in the mouth might well be linked to internal problems.
Recent studies have proved a link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Oral infections can cause an inflammation of the arteries that causes them to narrow. This is one of the underlying factors of many heart attacks and cases of cardiovascular disease.
Periodontal disease may also be indicative of diabetes as it makes it more difficult to control sugar intake. Diabetics are also far more prone to infection increasing the risk of dental complications. The risk of osteoporosis is also increased by poor standards of oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene can be easily influenced by our actions. Effective brushing and flossing can significantly reduce the risk of oral disease, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease and other complications. Regular check ups with a City of London dentist is also key to preventing gum disease and tooth decay limiting the risk of any further health complications.