Most people consider their health an important issue; however, when it comes to oral health, there are often ‘more important’ things to think about, or that’s what you may have thought. The reality is that actually, your oral health is really important and it may actually make the difference between you enjoying good health and bad health. The reason behind this is that your mouth is actually a very accurate picture of the rest of your body and poor oral heath can increase the risk of many systemic health problems, with studies linking gum disease to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Thankfully, there is good news for patients in the city of London, as keeping your mouth healthy is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- The best and easiest way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to spend 4 minutes each day cleaning your teeth; brushing is essential to eliminate harmful bacteria from your mouth and prevent the formation of plaque, a sticky film made from food debris and bacteria, which is responsible for causing gum disease and decay. Flossing is also really important, as it enables you to clean your gum line and the gaps between your teeth, which cannot be done very easily with a toothbrush.
- Visiting the dentist may not be your favourite way to pass time, but it really can make a difference to your health. Check-ups only last a few minutes, they are not painful at all and it’s likely that you will feel much better when you leave; not only will you have peace of mind that your mouth is healthy and your teeth are strong, but you’ll also have a shiny, bright, white smile to show off. It’s advisable to attend a check-up every 6-9 months.
- Your diet plays an important role in your general health, but it also has a significant impact on your oral health; try to avoid sugary and acidic foods, especially between meals and drink plenty of milk to keep your teeth and bones strong!