Did You Know Poor Dental Health Can Affect Your General Health?
Did you know the health of your mouth and your general health are very closely linked? In fact good oral health is essential for good general health and well-being. Having a healthy mouth will enable you to eat comfortably, improving nutrition. Additionally a nice healthy smile can boost self-esteem and self-confidence and makes it easier to socialise with others. Your mouth also serves as a sort of window and can provide signals as to your general health. For example pale, bleeding gums can indicate blood disorders and mouth ulcers can be a sign of a general health disorder.
Bacteria from your mouth can affect the rest of your body, causing infection and inflammation, particularly if you have an impaired immune system. These bacteria can often get into the body through gums that have been damaged by advanced gum disease. Advanced gum disease or periodontal disease has been associated with a number of different systemic diseases, although the exact links are not yet fully understood. There have been a number of clinical studies that have found associations between periodontal disease and chronic diseases such as heart disease, some cancers and diabetes. All of us here at Downham Market Dental Care are all too aware of the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy body and it is one of the reasons why we take your oral health so seriously and encourage regular visits to our dental practice.
It Isn’t Difficult to Achieve Good Oral Health
The good news is that it really isn’t that difficult to achieve good oral health and we can help you do this with regular check-ups and oral hygiene appointments combined with advice on how to improve your dental care at home. We can also give you advice on other factors that can affect your oral health such as smoking and diet.
When you visit our dentist in Downham Market, your mouth will be carefully assessed for any signs of disease and you will receive a personalised treatment plan based on your current level of dental health. This will show how often you should come and visit us and any treatments we feel are required to restore dental health.
We strongly suggest that you visit our hygienist at every check-up to have your teeth professionally cleaned. This is a great treatment for helping to maintain strong and healthy gums and our hygienist is excellent at helping patients to improve oral care at home. We know lots of people struggle with flossing and sometimes just being shown a new technique or even a new tool to try can make a huge difference to oral health.
Haven’t Visited a Dentist for a While? We Can Help
If you haven’t seen a dentist for a while then there is no need to worry that we will judge you in any way as we simply want to help you gain and maintain great dental health. We know people can struggle to come and see us due to dental fears and anxieties and we want to assure you that you will receive extremely gentle dental care at our practice. Another thing to bear in mind is that you can see an NHS dentist in Downham Market and can have all the treatment needed for good dental health.
If it is time for a check-up then please give us a call to book your appointment with our Downham Market dentist. You can contact us on 01366 382265.