The Importance of Oral Health

We all know that our oral health is extremely important.  But do you ever wonder why?

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The fact is, a healthy mouth is a very important part of a healthy body. Poor oral health can negatively affect a person’s quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth, or oral infections can influence the way we eat, speak, and socialize. These problems can ultimately affect our physical, mental, and social well-being.

Oral disease, much like other diseases, need to be treated immediately. A chronic infection, including one in the mouth, is a serious problem that should not be ignored. And yet, bleeding or tender gums are often overlooked.

Research has shown there is an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and respiratory illness in older adults.  Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common human diseases – the signs may include bleeding or swollen gums. It’s an infectious condition that can result in the destruction of gum tissue and bone. If left untreated, the bacteria that causes gum disease may travel through the blood stream increasing the chance of heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases and pregnancy complications.

The link between oral infections and other diseases in the body is becoming well-documented and accepted within the health care community. It underscores the importance of good oral hygiene and the role dental hygienists play in preventing oral disease.

Important steps to good oral health are:

Keeping your mouth clean
Eating healthy foods
Checking your mouth regularly
Avoiding tobacco products
Seeing your dental professional regularly

Dental hygienists help you prevent gum disease and tooth decay- the allow you to attain and maintain oral health, making an important contribution to your overall full-body health.

In the next blog, we’ll expand on the 5 Steps To Good Oral Care.

References:  CDA, ODHA