You probably already know about the common benefits of good oral health. People who maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine have fewer cavities, less bacteria, less build-up and better breath. What many people don’t know is that oral health is the gateway to your overall health. This is the reason we take on a health specific approach with each of our patients. When you book an appointment with us at Sunrise Centre Dental, our team does more than just look at your teeth – we strive to help you maintain your health.
Your Oral Health Impacts Your General Health
Your oral health and your overall health shouldn’t be treated as two separate entities. As mentioned here by our friends at Colgate, “an unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor.” Oral health isn’t something you can neglect. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, plaque will start to build-up on your teeth. This build up can cause inflammation in your gums which will lead to more serious health concerns.
We recommended that those with diabetes and those who are pregnant take special care of their oral health. Gum disease can increase blood sugar and makes diabetes harder to keep under control. Regular dental checkups can help people with diabetes be proactive about oral problems that can lead to serious infections. Research shows that pregnant women produce hormones that can make existing dental problems worse. Furthermore, women who have periodontitis, a form of gum infection are more likely to have a baby prematurely or with a low birth weight.
Oral Health is Important For Anyone At Any Age
The risks associated with poor oral health increase as we age, but dental health can have a serious impact on a child’s overall health as well. The Canadian Pediatric Society notes that “oral pain has devastating effects on children, including lost sleep, poor growth, behavioural problems and poor learning.” Kids can also suffer from low self-confidence and low self esteem if they’re embarrassed by their smile.
Let Us Help Check-In On Your Health
Our team is here to help with more than just your smile! We would love to show you some tips and tricks to better maintain your oral hygiene and help protect your overall health. You can book your next appointment by filling out our contact form or giving us a call at 705-789-2369. We are currently booking appointments for both new and existing patients at our Huntsville dental office!