Healthcare decisions and dental decisions are not glamorous, but they are important.
We’ve talked a lot about the systemic connections between your mouth and your body, and those connections are just the tipping point for why dental decisions are important.
The scope of maintaining good oral hygiene stretches far beyond having healthy gums and teeth. Health experts believe that, with good oral hygiene, comes good overall health.
Did you know that professional oral care may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack?
Researchers have found that those who sought professional dental care at least once in two years had a 24% less chance of suffering from a heart attack.
It is believed that periodontal disease causing bacteria are also responsible for inflammation of the blood vessels, which may lead to causing heart disorders.
The other consequences of poor dental health include:
- Inability to chew and swallow food, which leads to lack of nutrition
- Inability to speak properly
- Loss of self-esteem
Poor oral health affects pregnancy too.
Pregnant women suffering from periodontitis may be at a higher risk of delivering premature or low birth weight babies.
While no studies have yet found a causal link between premature labor and periodontal disease, there is good reason to encourage pregnant women to take care of their teeth.
As we approach making healthcare decisions, we also need to realize the significance of good oral health, and promote it. Practicing oral hygiene in our daily life is the first step towards promoting good overall health.