It is said that the eyes are the gateway to the soul. A lovely poetic metaphor I’m sure you’ll agree but little more than that. What is fact, however, is that the oral cavity is the gateway to the rest of the body. All of our nourishment, both food and liquid, enters through the mouth, as well as it being the cavity for breathing. So suffice to say, it is very important that we look after our mouths and keep them healthy.
It is also true that if our mouths are unwell it can really affect the body and the reverse is also true. Symptoms in the oral cavity are often the first sign that there is a wider health issue going on. This is why the GP will always examine your mouth as one of the first standard procedures. We all know the wooden stick on the tongue with the accompanying ‘Say aaagghhh’.
Therefore, keeping your mouth healthy and having it regularly examined for problems could be of paramount importance to your general health. This is why it is so important to go to your central London dentist every six months for a check up. They can examine the state of your teeth and gums, addressing any problems, as well as checking for oral cancer and a list of other health problems that manifest themselves in your mouth.
For example, patients who are experiencing heart problems could also be suffering from gum disease. Recent studies have intrinsically linked the two and found that gum disease could be a major contributing factor to many forms of heart disease. By preventing gum disease in its early stages, you could be improving your chances of avoiding heart disease and staying healthy for longer. Make a check up appointment today, there is nothing to lose and plenty to gain.