According to leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, Dr Tariq Drabu, a large number of people around the world don’t realise there is a link between oral hygiene and overall health. In fact poor oral health can lead to a number of unwelcome health issues from stroke to heart disease. Improving oral health can have a positive impact on the overall wellbeing of a person, reducing the risk of contracting an illness or disease.
Those that ignore their oral health and don’t take steps to care for their teeth and gums can find that in addition to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, they also are at a high risk of mouth cancer, stroke, bacterial pneumonia and heart attack.
One the biggest problems facing dentistry today is the intake of sugar, according to Dr Tariq Drabu. Sugar is responsible for a high number of tooth decay cases and can also have an impact on the increased risk of gum disease. Ignoring a problematic tooth can result in gum disease, which has a host of negative effects. In addition to this, sugar intake can also lead to obesity, which increases the risk of diabetes. The number of diabetes cases is increasing throughout the world each year, which in turn increase the risk of heart attack.
What many people don’t realise, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, is that patients with uncontrolled blood sugar levels are at a higher risk of infection, which makes gum disease even more prominent. Managing sugar intake and maintaining good oral health can help reduce the risk of obesity and gum disease moving forward.
Smoking has a serious impact on overall health, but has been a problem for dentists for years. Smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease, tooth decay and mouth cancer. Periodontal disease is a severe form of gum disease, which left untreated, can result in tooth loss. The risk of mouth cancer is significantly increased in patients that smoke, this form of cancer is also increasing annually with more than six thousand seven hundred new cases being reported in the United Kingdom each year.
Excessive alcohol consumption has a negative effect on overall well-being and oral health. In fact excessive alcohol consumption can cause dry mouth, which in turn increases the risk of tooth decay. With tooth decay comes the increased risk of gum disease and alcohol has also been a leading cause for mouth cancer. In addition to this, it also increases the risk of liver disease, diabetes and so much more.
For those who take regular prescription medications, you may find that your oral health is affected. Certain antibiotics can lead to staining of the teeth, while some medications can cause the mouth to dry, which results in tooth decay and gum disease.
Dr Tariq Drabu recommends patients take steps to ensure that they take care of their overall health, teeth and gums to reduce the risk of disease and illness in the future. An important step to ensuring you are taking care of your teeth and gums is to attend your regular dental appointments. Dental appointments are set six to twelve months apart, depending on your dental health. Attending these appointments enables the dentist to identify problems early on and ensure they are treated quickly and effectively.
Enjoying a health and well-balanced diet with limited sugar can improve your oral health and overall well-being. A good diet where you maintain a healthy weight can reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay and gum disease. Patients who find that their weight fluctuates may find that their dentures don’t fit properly, which is why it’s so important a healthy weight is maintained if you have dentures.