Recent studies have revealed a strong link between your oral health and that of the entire body…
Many oral diseases have been linked to serious health risks throughout your body, making oral hygiene and maintenance a key priority for those who not only want a healthy smile, but a healthy body and lifestyle.
Oral Disease in Focus: Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue of the mouth, and at our dental practice located in Redbank Plains we have noticed it is particularly prevalent amongst:
- The elderly
- Those who excessively consume cigarettes and alcohol
- People who consume an unhealthy diet
- Those who maintain poor oral health habits
Whilst this disease presents a range of oral health complications such as gum recession and even tooth loss, it has also been linked to a range of serious health threats throughout the body. These include:
This is thought to be due to the fact that periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are both a result of chronic inflammation. The most serious forms of periodontal disease (periodontitis) have even been revealed by some studies to be a risk factor in the development of heart disease, which is why it is vitally important to seek treatment of gum disease whilst it is in its early stages.
In the same vein as the link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes is another inflammatory condition that has been connected with this oral disease. Existing periodontal disease has been shown to be a risk factor to the development of diabetes, whilst patients with diabetes also have an increased risk of developing this gum disease. Patients with diabetes must take extra care whilst maintaining their oral health as they are at an increased risk of developing oral disease than that of the general population.
The chronic inflammation connected to periodontal disease can lead to restricted blood flow, which in turn can contribute to impotence amongst men. In fact a study has revealed that men in their 30’s with periodontal disease are three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than their counterparts with healthy gum tissue.
Studies have revealed a link between oral health and dementia. The findings revealed that elderly people who only brushed their teeth once a day were 65% more likely to develop dementia disease than those who brushed their teeth at least twice per day.
Researchers have found that around two thirds of patients who suffer from arthritis also suffer from periodontal disease, and this is thought to be a result of chronic inflammation.
How can I protect my smile against periodontal disease?
There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself against gum disease:
- Brush your teeth twice a day. This should be performed with a soft bristled tooth brush ensuring that you brush along all of your gum line with gentle rotations.
- Floss your teeth every single day.
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Reduce or eliminate your consumption of cigarettes and alcohol
This should be supplemented by regular visits to our dental practice located in Redbank Plains for a regular oral health check-up and professional clean. During your visit our dental professionals will check for potential threats to your oral health such as periodontal disease and take appropriate action to prevent these diseases from damaging your oral and overall health.
To find out more about the general, preventive, cosmetic and restorative dental services we offer at Redbank Plains Dental, or to arrange an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals, please contact us.
Filed under: General Dentistry by redbankp
December 17, 2012
A study at the University of Melbourne has shown that children under the age of 2 should see a dentist regularly
The study showed that while visits to other healthcare professionals was high, children seeing dentists before the age of 2 was very rare despite dental decay being among the most common chronic diseases of early childhood.
The benefits of early prevention are:
• Mouth cancer
Oral cancer checks are highly important as patients experience a much greater survival rate if this disease is treated in its early stages.
• Prevention of gum diseases
Gum diseases (such as periodontitis and gingivitis) and other tooth problems can be prevented through further education about the importance of brushing and flossing.
• Prevention of dental emergencies
Regular visits to a dentist can aid in reducing the chances of broken teeth, broken jaw bone, tooth aches and other assorted teeth problems. The early warning signs of which, with regular visits to a dentist, could be identified.
At Redbank Plains Dental we believe prevention is better than a cure, and as such we are focused on early prevention so you can maintain healthy teeth. During your child’s first visit our dentists perform a comprehensive check-up to ensure your child’s optimal dental health.
For more information or to make a booking at our dental practice in Redbank Plains please contact us.
Filed under: Preventative Dentistry by redbankp
September 18, 2012
In a program to promote oral health, the government of Lagos, Nigeria takes on the world record
An attempt is being made in Lagos, Nigeria to further educate and help Nigerians understand the importance of oral health. The initiative includes attempting to break the world record for number of people in one location brushing their teeth simultaneously. We at Redbank Plains Dental are ecstatic to hear how the Lagos government are emphasising the importance of good oral health. We know how poor oral health can significantly increase general health risk, which is why we endeavour to educate our patients on oral health.
Oral health and the body
Did you know that poor oral health has been linked to Dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and most recently respiratory issues? At Redbank Plains Dental in Ipswich, we know, which is why we stress the importance of preventative dentistry both at home and in the dental chair.
What should I do to gain good oral health?
There are only a few steps you have to take to help prevent tooth decay and bacteria accumulation in the mouth.
- Make sure you brush twice daily, at least. Your toothbrush should be changed around every three months and brushing should be done at a 45 degree angle to ensure the tooth and gum is reached.
- Floss at least once daily. Plaque and tartar collect between the teeth and if not removed, can eat through enamel and cause decay.
- Be sure to book an appointment with us every six months for a regular check-up, as this allows us to detect any issues in their infancy and treat them early.
For more information on our treatments or to book an appointment at our Redbank practice, please contact us.
Filed under: General Dentistry by redbankp
December 7, 2011
This first blog showcases an overview of our practice in a bite size…
At Redbank Plains Dental all your General, Preventative and Cosmetic Dentistry needs can be taken care of in one place…
Your health and happiness are our main priority in our practice, and this is why we offer a full range of care to keep you smiling.
Our range of treatments includes:
Advanced in the field
Our practice is equipped with modern technology to create a clean, safe and comfortable environment for our patients. From cleans through to surgical procedures, we always use the latest technologies and materials to ensure our patients receive superlative treatment.
We practice results driven dentistry with our ultimate goal being healthy beautiful smiles for your entire
family. We provide services to target every area of your dental needs, and we aim to see you with a healthy, functioning smile, every time.
Contact us to book your comprehensive dental treatment with the team at Redbank Plains Dental today.
Filed under: News by redbankp
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