Smile: the importance of oral health

Are you one of the 35% Canadians who don’t see a dentist regularly? You could be putting your whole health at risk by neglecting your oral care. Poor dental hygiene has been linked to conditions including diabetes, respiratory diseases, heart disease and premature babies. In addition, our mouths can give early warning of some symptomatic diseases,

Taking care of your teeth, gums and mouth is not just important for your health, it’s also important for your social and mental wellbeing too. It’s not just about a nice smile, it’s also about being able to speak, eat and enjoy life to the full.

The basics of oral care

Let’s start what we should all be doing to improve our personal oral health, according to Health Canada.

• Brush your teeth for two minutes, morning and evening

• Floss every day

• Eat a healthy diet

• Visit a dentist regularly

• Look out for any symptoms of oral cancer

• Avoid sugary fizzy drinks

• Quit smoking

Oral health and general health

Periodontal disease is the disease of the gums and supporting bone. This and other oral disease can cause pain, give you bad breath, and lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Research has shown that gum disease can have other major effects on general health, especially for those with diabetes, where gum disease can actually affect the severity of diabetes. The bacteria found in plaque on teeth can be inhaled, aggravating any existing lung conditions. There is also a possible connection between gum disease and heart disease.

Brush away that plaque

The good news is that simply brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a quality toothbrush can reduce the build up of plaque, a major cause of gum disease. Daily flossing is important as it prevents the build up of plaque between teeth. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three months for maximum benefit.

Why visit a dentist?

A dentist doesn’t just check your teeth for decay. Regular check-ups can spot any sign of tooth movement, gum disease or oral cancers early, so they can be treated more effectively. A dentist will often also check your bite is even, and that your jaw muscles and joint (TMJ) are working correctly. Your dentist can also check that dentures are fitting correctly.

Why visit a dentist regularly?

The most important part of oral health is to visit a dentist regularly. The Canadian Dental Association says that 35% of Canadians don’t go to the dentist on a regular basis. Sadly, this also means that 48% of Canadians who haven’t seen a dentist in the past year have gum disease.

Friendly, caring dentistry in London ON

At AMG London, we recognise that you might be afraid to visit a dentist, (40% of Canadians are) or embarrassed if you haven’t been for a while. At AMG London, you needn’t be afraid or worried. You are welcome to come and see our clinic, and enjoy a snack in our healthy eating bistro, just to get the feel of our service. If you want to join us as a dental client, our friendly team are here to help, and are happy to take the time you need to relax during your visit. We’ll talk you through your examination, and discuss any treatments you may require. Our modern dental clinic and progressive techniques ensure all dental work is usually completely pain-free too.

If you want to enjoy better oral health, just call to discuss joining our dental clinic here at AMG London. We look forward to seeing your smile in our reception soon!

More information about oral health can be found on these websites:

Canadian Dental Association

Ontario Dental Association

Health Canada

Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry

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