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How is your oral health linked to your overall wellbeing?


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Many people are unaware of the links between good oral health and being healthy in general. I always feel better once I’ve brushed my teeth on a morning. But why does it make a difference?

Oral health is closely linked to overall health and well-being for several reasons:

1. Oral health affects systemic health: The mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body, and poor oral health can have a negative impact on overall health. Untreated oral infections or inflammation can potentially spread to other parts of the body and contribute to systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections.

2. Connection to chronic diseases: Research has shown a strong link between poor oral health and chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Conditions like gum disease, in particular, have been implicated in increasing the risk of these diseases due to inflammation and bacteria entering the bloodstream.

3. Oral health reflects overall health: The state of your teeth and gums can serve as indicators of your overall health. For example, certain oral health issues like bleeding gums or dry mouth can be signs of underlying health conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune disorders.

4. Quality of life: Maintaining good oral health can improve your quality of life by enabling you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Untreated dental issues can cause pain, discomfort, and embarrassment, impacting your daily life and mental well-being.

5. Preventive measures: Taking care of your oral health through regular dental check-ups, cleanings, and preventive measures can help detect and treat dental issues early on before they escalate into more serious problems. This not only saves you from potential pain and expense but also contributes to your overall health and longevity.

In conclusion, oral health is an integral part of overall health and well-being. By prioritising good oral hygiene habits, visiting your dentist regularly, and taking care of your teeth and gums, you can maintain a healthy mouth and contribute to your overall health and quality of life.

If you’re unsure where to start with your oral health, book in with us today! 0121 420 2323.


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