How Your Oral Health Affects Your General Health

How Your Oral Health Affects Your General Health
What are the most common public health issues of the modern world?

Most people immediately think of issues such as heart disease, arthritis, or obesity, but there’s a more prevalent problem affecting people of all ages that has a strong influence on general health. The surprising truth is, one of the most common public health issues—poor oral health—can actually increase your risk of developing certain chronic illnesses, making it a more serious problem than it seems.
For example, researchers at Columbia University in the US have found that there’s a link between arterial health and dental health. Why?Because bacterial that live in the mouth can contribute to arterial narrowing, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. As a result, regular brushing and flossing can actually slow down the rate of narrowing, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Another example of the link between oral health and general health is that poor oral health appears to be a risk factor for dementia, in older people. The exact nature of the link is unclear, but tooth loss is an outcome of advanced gum disease, and some kinds of dementia have similar risk factors to cardiovascular disease. This means the nature of the link may be similar to the link between oral health and cardiovascular health.
Diabetes and oral health also appear to be related in some way. One clear relationship is that people with diabetes have a greater risk of developing gum disease, and that gum disease is harder to treat in diabetics. However, there’s another link, too: poor oral health may actually have an impact on blood sugar levels, and may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes developing, due to levels of systemic inflammation that develop as a result of oral infection.

Poor Oral Health Can Have Major Impacts On the Following Areas Of Your General Health:

  • Narrowing of the arteries (see the research reported from Columbia University)
  • Possible links to the onset of dementia
  • Although not definitive there also appears to be a link between poor oral health and  Type 2 diabetes through impacting on blood sugar levels.

For more detailed information please refer to this linked article researched and written by Juliette Garner

Look Years Younger With Dentures

You wouldn’t think that getting Denver dentures would help you look younger but they can. There are several ways our mouths make us look older and dentures can help to reverse both of those signs of aging. If you’ve been debating about getting dentures now is the time to take that leap and see how much of a difference they can make in your life.




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Yellow Teeth

When a baby’s teeth come in they are a beautiful shade of white. As the child ages, he or she learns the importance of regular brushing and caring for their teeth. No matter how vigilant they are, the teeth will yellow with age. Over time the foods you put into your body will affect the teeth. Berries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are full of antioxidants and free radicals that boost your immune system and help fight against wrinkles. However, the colors that make blueberries blue and cherries red can also stain your teeth. Coffee, teas, colas, and dark wines will also make your teeth age prematurely. Don’t stop eating healthy foods because they may stain your teeth. Use a whitening toothpaste and talk to your dentist about a whitening procedure. One of the fastest ways to take years off your face is to whiten your teeth.

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Teeth Veneers Complete Guide: Cost, Type and Procedure

teeth veneers costIncreasingly, dental veneers are becoming a more and more popular addition to the roster of common procedures performed in surgeries worldwide. This simple process can provide great benefits to overall oral health and, for the most part, is inexpensive and easy to carry out. Most dentists offer veneers, and so it should be no great difficulty for anyone who requires them to find a surgery which can provide assistance.

In this guide, we’ll look at precisely what dental veneers are, the various types available, circumstances in which it is recommended that you should think of them, and costs across the UK.

What are Dental Veneers?

Known also as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, teeth veneers are an incredibly thin, custom-made shell of natural-coloured material which are created to overlay the outer surface of teeth.

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How to Have Naturally White Teeth

Many people today wish that they could have white teeth. Our culture is extremely focused on physical appearance and outward beauty, so it would make sense that many people are focused on how their teeth look to other people.

There are many different treatments and procedures that whiten the teeth with bleach or other chemicals. Although these treatments are often effective, most of the time they are not very healthy for your teeth.

They can damage enamel slowly over time, which is very dangerous for your teeth. Enamel is what helps guard your teeth against harmful germs and bacteria; without enamel, your teeth are exposed to many different kinds of harmful bacteria.

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Dentures – Where It All Began?

Have you ever wondered where dentures came from or who thought of them? Some famous people in history wore dentures including George Washington. you must have heard of the latest cosmetic dentistry but in this article let’s take a look at why Denver dentures are necessary and how they came into popularity.



Prosthetics

A prosthetic is an artificial devise that replaces a missing body part. You probably think of a missing leg or hand when you think of a prosthetic and not teeth, but dentures are made to replace missing teeth so they are considered a prosthetic. Clear back in 700 B.C., Italian men were making dentures out of human and animal teeth. Because of the materials used in construction, they would fall apart quickly. But, since they were easy to put together they stayed in popularity for hundreds of years. The Japanese were the first to use wood to make dentures in the 1500’s. Porcelain came into popularity around 1770 in London. The selling point for those type of dentures was that they could be made in any color and the color wouldn’t fade therefore closer resembling real teeth than a wooden carving. Finally, in the 1960’s dentists were able to use resin and plastic to make dentures that looked exactly like the person’s original teeth and gums.

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How Oral Health Affects Rest of Your Body?

oral-healthYou know that, not caring your teeth can lead you to a painful experience. But did you know that not taking good care of your mouth can go beyond your teeth and affect you? Despite the painful dental caries (tooth decay), oral health has many impacts in other diseases such as stroke and heart diseases.

 

Why oral health has such an impact?

You can say a person’s mode by looking at their facial expressions. similarly, mouth is a window to our body’s health and it shows symptoms and conditions of a disease. You will feel the difference in taste when you have an illness and many other signs to reflect your underlying illness. It is also exposed to bacteria and the risk of infections.

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7 Tips to Flossing Teeth Effectively

flossing_teethMore often than not, patients often aren’t flossing teeth enough. But for those that are flossing regularly, are they doing it correctly?

Here are some of the common mistakes people make when flossing. Inspect your normal flossing routine and find out how you can improve your good habits.

First, are you using your whole section of floss? You shouldn’t just use one small part of the floss for all of your teeth.

It’s like using a soaking wet paper towel to dry a water spill. It just doesn’t work.

You end up spreading around the bacteria as opposed to removing it. Slowly moving your way along your piece of floss will keep a fresh, clean section removing plaque every time.

Second, how are your back teeth looking? Many forget to get their furthest molars.

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How to Prevent Tooth Decay

prevent-tooth-decayYou have probably heard your dentist talk about tooth decay when you are in his or her office. There are not many people that give the phrase tooth decay much thought, but when you stop and think about it you probably do not understand the process or the basics of tooth decay.

When you are learning about tooth decay, you should understand that cavities are a result of tooth decay. The tooth decay is a precursor to the cavity and if the decay can be stopped and taken care of you will find that you do not have to deal with the pain and expense of a cavity.

While you are learning how you are going to prevent tooth decay, you will want to start with the basics. Tooth decay is best prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth properly and consistently, to ensure that there is not an excessive buildup of plaque on your teeth.

You want to make sure that you are not allowing the food that you eat to sit on your teeth for an excessive amount of time. Should the food sit on your teeth it will start to decompose and turn into plaque which can then harden and turn into tartar.

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Waterpiks for Your Teeth: Good or Bad?

waterpikIf you’ve been to the dentist in recent years, chances are good that you have noticed a recent change in the instruments used to get the job done. Instead of using a scrapping instrument with a razor sharp point, they are using a highly pressurized stream of water.

Engineers have created a stream of water that can do just as good of a job as the traditional instruments. The water alternative is a much more appealing-looking instrument for clients and it does just as good of a job.

The different shape allows dentists to get a different view of the cleaning area. A genius took that idea, commercialized it, and made it available for the general public to use.

Just as any good invention, it has its pros and cons. Take a look at a couple of the pros first.

Waterpiks are easier to use. They are less bulky than fingers and can reach things faster and easier than floss.

They leave a cool, clean sensation in your mouth. A similar feeling to the one you get after the dentist refreshes your mouth with a cool jet of water after work has been done.

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