It is becoming clear that oral health is intrinsically linked with our general health. A holistic approach to dental care is essential to ensure that we do not suffer any adverse effects from dental neglect.
In previous articles, I have written about the links between cardiovascular disease and oral health, in which I commented specifically on the growing body of research linking inflammatory changes in the mouth and atherosclerotic plaques in blood vessels.
I have also written about the links between different aspects of pregnancy and oral health as well as neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes. With this in mind, it is essential to include oral health in any modern healthcare plan.
The best way to prevent these sorts of complications is with good daily oral hygiene ie brushing and flossing, a healthy diet that is low in sugar and regular maintenance and monitoring with a dentist. This will ensure that oral health is optimised and if problems do arise, that they are identified and treated early.
If you are concerned about any aspect of your oral health or how your oral health may be impacting on your general health, contact your dentist and have an assessment.
Written by BY DR LAURENCE MCCARTHY, BMED SCI, BDENT (HON)
Works at Gordon Dental – Clinical tutor at the University of Sydney
Gordon Dental – phone: 9498 3811