Your general health and oral health go hand in hand and have a strong connection to each other, so if one is in poor condition, it will affect the health of the other, too.
The following general health issues have been known to affect a person’s oral health significantly:
- Diabetes affects your sight, kidneys and heart, and many people don’t realize that it impacts your oral health as well. If you experience dry mouth or bleeding gums, it's best to go for a dental appointment right away as these may be indications of an underlying condition, such as diabetes. Dry mouth is a problem because you have less saliva to help wash away food particles, acids and sugar, which would make diabetic patients a lot more prone to cavities. Additionally, if you were to get an ulcer or gum infection, it would take a lot longer to heal as wounds heal a lot slower for people with diabetes.
- Osteoporosis is another condition that can impact your oral health and affects more women than men. Those suffering from this condition have low bone density, which weakens the person’s bones, making them prone to fractures. In addition to affecting your jaw bone, osteoporosis will lead to tooth loss and may cause problems with dentures.
- Asthma can ruin your teeth as well because the medications that help this condition can lead to dental cavities. Inhalers are very important, but unfortunately, they do not help with your oral health and prolonged use of them will reduce saliva production, causing both your teeth and your gums to become susceptible to infections, as well as tooth decay.
- This may come as a surprise but stress and anxiety will impact your teeth, too. When a person is stressed, they normally tense up and tighten their jaw while also clamping down on their teeth. You may not even notice that you grind your teeth throughout the day or while you sleep, but you will feel its negative effects as time goes by.
- Junk food, lack of physical activity, smoking and the consumption of alcohol will affect both your general and oral health, which is why it’s important to make changes if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle. Incorporate healthy meals into your diet, start exercising and stop smoking so that you see a big change and start feeling a lot better. Flossing and brushing twice a day will help a lot as well, so make sure you take care of yourself in every aspect to see positive result
Dentistry in Newmarket can help with all of your dental needs. Whether you require an emergency dentist or are looking for a new clinic for your family, they can help. Their skilled and experienced dentists will make sure your oral health is in order, so call them to book an appointment today!