How teeth affect your health

A lack of care for teeth and gums can lead to a host of problems in the mouth including a build-up of bacteria, cavities and gum disease. However If these problems are left untreated not only can this lead to further long-term pain but also infection, irreversible tooth damage and even serious health risks including cancer and heart disease.

Oral health risks

A lack of dental health often leads to multiple oral health problems which result in tooth loss and retracting gums. Not only can this harm your confidence and self-esteem but can also impair your ability to eat and speak properly.

So what are the common health risks caused by poor oral health?

• Gum disease: an inflammation of the gums which can also affect the bone structure supporting the teeth if left untreated.
• Plaque: a sticky colourless bacteria which constantly builds up and hardens on teeth. If this isn’t removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque can thicken and harden into tartar, leading to infection.

General health

The causes of poor dental health can also cause long-term health problems throughout the body. They include: an unhealthy diet, heavy drug and alcohol use and tobacco. They not only affect your oral health but also lead to serious general health risks including heart problems, respiratory diseases, bone loss and cancer.

Recent studies have also found pregnant women with a history of oral health problems may be at a higher risk of delivering pre-term, low birth weight babies than women with good oral health. While the study is still ongoing, it is vital pregnant women take extra care of their gums and teeth.

How to minimise the risks:

• Teeth should be brushed and flossed at least twice a day.
• Eat a healthy, balanced diet to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.
• Visit a dental professional regularly to have your mouth cleaned and examined in order to remove any bacteria which may have been missed by brushing.
• Smoking is a major risk factor for oral and dental disease including oral cancer, damage to bone around the teeth and tooth loss.

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The British Association of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT)