While the eyes might be the window to the soul, here at Gaskell Avenue Dental Practice in Knutsford we view the mouth as the window to overall health. Why so?
Studies have shown strong links between oral health problems, such as gum disease, and overall health. The bacteria and inflammation from gum disease can increase your risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and heart attacks, arthritis, and even dementia. It has also been linked to pregnancy problems such as premature birth and low birth weight.
On the flip side, there are also conditions that can cause problems in the mouth, too. For example, patients with diabetes have a higher risk of developing gum disease as their body is less resistant to infection, while some medications can also cause various issues such as dry mouth.
This is why your dentist will always request that you fill out a medical form prior to your appointment and they may ask further questions too. This allows them to build up a full picture of your health in order to be able to provide the right treatment for you.
What can you do?
If you are overdue a dental check-up, this is a great place to start as your dentist can look at the current state of your oral health and recommend regular visits at intervals suited to your needs. At Gaskell Avenue Dental Practice, we also suggest having an appointment with your dental hygienist or therapist as this will give your teeth and gums a really good clean by removing any plaque build-up.
Your dental team can then recommend the best home care for your needs, including brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. They will also provide bespoke tips and advice based on your current oral health. You may find that there are areas of the mouth that you are missing most often, or they might suggest changing to an electric toothbrush for a better clean.
Armed with this information you can ensure that your home cleaning regime is better than ever, helping you to prevent gum disease and any of the other health indications it may bring with it.