So, we know it’s important to take care of our teeth and gums but we don’t really ever consider the consequences. Sure, we know it’ll be bad but do we ever really think more of it all?
Here are 5 risks associated with poor dental health.
#1 – Heart disease
Did you know people with Gum disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease? Additionally, they have a greater chance of developing arterial narrowing as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through gums. We’re used to hearing the word gum disease these days and that’s led to a certain amount of complacency. Don’t ignore the potential wider effects of gum disease.
#2 – Diabetes
Again, it’s the link here between diabetes and Gum disease that is most alarming. According to emaxhealth.com, statistics stemming from the US indicate 95% of American adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease. It’s so serious in a third of these cases that it has led to tooth loss. If you’ve got diabetes or history of the disease runs in your family, be sure to ask your NovaDental dentist any questions you need to about your oral health.
#3 – Dry mouth
As the name suggests, this condition occurs when there isn’t enough saliva in the mouth. This serves to accelerate tooth decay. Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, nerve problems, diabetes as well as Parkinson’s disease.
#4 – Mouth ulcers
Usually caused by burns or bites and lasting just a few days, ulcers that don’t clear up need medical treatment. They could actually indicate a number of diseases including cancer of the lip and syphilis. Irregularities on the lips, gums, tongue and insides of your mouth can all be signs of oral cancer. If you’ve noticed any changes in your mouth, it’s best to make an appointment with your NovaDental dentist as soon as you can.
#5 – Inflamed gums
Although fairly easy to treat, inflamed gums, if they do get out of control, can lead to more serious periodontitis. Bad breath, bleeding, swelling, receding gums, tooth loss… they’re all symptoms (and nasty ones at that!).
If you’re worried about anything you’ve read here or have any other issues in mind, give us a call on 1300 549 750 and book an appointment with NovaDental.