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The Importance of Oral Health to You Overall Wellness

January 17, 2022 / DENTISTRY

As society focuses more and more on health and wellness, we tend to hear a lot about the role that a nutritious, well-balanced diet and consistent fitness routine impact our mental and physical well-being. These are important parts of keeping our minds and bodies healthy, but when is the last time you heard about how oral health fits into your general health?

Visiting your dentist in Caledon regularly is key to building and maintaining good oral health. Your Caledon dentist and team will assess, clean, and monitor your teeth and gums, making sure that any small problems are identified and fixed before they become larger, more complicated problems that require advanced treatment. They will also advise you on developing a proper, consistent dental hygiene routine so you can do your part to maintain your oral health in between dental visits.

Maintaining good oral health will do more for you than just keep you smiling brighter, longer. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits are key to preventing periodontal disease, and there are many studies that link periodontal disease and negative impacts on a person’s overall health and well-being. Scientists have discovered that bacteria from the oral infections common with periodontal disease can infiltrate a person’s blood stream and spread to other areas of the body. These bacteria can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, and even cause respiratory disorders. Infections in the gums of pregnant women have also been linked to underweight, or prematurely delivered babies. People with Diabetes should also be extra diligent about their oral health because they are prone to infection, and the bacterial infections that are common with periodontal disease can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar.

Prioritizing your oral health can also prevent oral cancer, or help you catch it early so it can easily be treated. One element of your dental hygiene check-ups is to look for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. At your appointment, your dentist and team will examine your mouth and neck so they can identify this potentially life-threatening condition while it is still easy to treat.

If you are committed to making your overall health and wellness a priority this year, make sure your plans include your oral health. Call the team at Caledon Dental Centre today to set up and appointment to get on the right track. Our office provides a wide range of family and general dentistry services and would love to look after your smile.