Healthy Teeth, Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

Good overall health is about far more than just taking plenty of exercise and having a healthy diet. It also means taking care of your mouth as this is effectively a window to the rest of your body. When you have a healthy mouth, your body can fight infection and disease more easily.

A healthy mouth is your first line of defence because it includes lymphoid tissue and your tonsils, and it’s their job to recognise harmful bacteria and to fight infection. If you fail to take care of your mouth, it increases your risk of developing respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and diabetes complications increases. Also, common dental diseases like a toothache or a dental injury can negatively impact your quality-of-life and your ability to eat drink and talk comfortably.

Protecting Your Oral Health

Even if you haven’t looked after your mouth in the past, it’s never too late to begin. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, and floss once-a-day because this removes harmful plaque bacteria from areas that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. Don’t smoke, as this can stain your teeth and gives you bad breath, and it can cause oral cancer. Regular six-monthly checkups and cleanings are the cornerstones of any good preventative dental care plan.

New Year Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

The New Year is a great time to make resolutions, so why not make one that you will improve your dental health? The great thing about this resolution is that it will almost certainly help your general health too!

  1. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetable contain many valuable nutrients that can help improve gum health. They are rich in antioxidants that can enhance your body’s ability to fight infection and disease, protecting your teeth and gums. The summer is the perfect time to eat more fresh fruit and veggies.

  1. Quit Smoking

Always a popular resolution but make this the year you succeed. Smoking stains your teeth, and you are twice as likely to lose your teeth to gum disease. Even using smokeless tobacco can harm your dental health.

  1. Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol

People who drink too much alcohol will often have a poor diet and neglect their oral hygiene. The effect is even worse if they smoke too. Have a glass of water between each drink or consider quitting entirely for a while.

  1. See Your Dentist Regularly for Checkups and Cleans

Coming to see us twice yearly is crucial for good oral health, so why not get ahead and book your appointments now.

Hormones and Your Dental Health

Female hormones can impact women in so many ways, but did you realise they can also increase your vulnerability to developing gum disease? Higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone increase the blood flow to the gums. Consequently, gum tissue becomes more sensitive to plaque and bacteria and gums can become inflamed, swollen and will bleed. Eventually, the inflammation can destroy gum tissue, and lead to bone loss around teeth and even tooth loss.

Hormonal levels can change dramatically at specific times of life which are puberty, during menstrual cycles, when pregnant, and going through menopause. At these times, it is important to make sure you brush and floss regularly. The more plaque bacteria you remove, the lower the risk of your gums becoming inflamed.

During pregnancy, hormonal levels change dramatically, and some women develop pregnancy gingivitis, a form of gum disease that can develop from the second month onwards. Good oral care is even more important, so make sure you see us regularly for checkups and cleans. We may recommend more frequent cleanings to help control pregnancy gingivitis.

Menopause causes hormonal levels to decline, and some women develop dry mouth, where they don’t produce enough saliva. A lack of saliva can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities, so talk to us if your mouth is feeling dry.