On 20 March 2018, it is World Oral Health Day. So Happy World Oral Health Day from all the staff at Leeming Dental!
The mouth and body connection
This year’s theme focuses on the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, and the way each affects the other. The message that the World Dental Federation would like all of us to keep in mind is the importance of protecting your mouth and body – no matter what age you are. Oral disease comes in many forms, including the two most prevalent conditions – tooth decay and gum disease. If oral health conditions aren’t treated and managed, they can have a negative effect on your general health. Likewise, general health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases are linked with certain oral diseases, and can increase your risk of oral health complications. For example, diabetes has been clinically proven to increase the risk of experiencing gum disease.
If you have poor oral health, it may be the cause of, and the result of, poor general health. However, by taking action to protect and safeguard both your oral and general health, you can improve your overall health and quality of life.
Common risk factors
Research has shown that oral diseases and general health conditions often share common risk factors. Many of these risk factors are determined by preventable behaviour and lifestyle choices. You can better manage and take control of your oral health by limiting or avoiding: an unhealthy diet high in refined carbohydrates (including sugary foods and drinks); smoking; alcohol; and poor oral health habits.
Looking after your mouth and body is important throughout your whole life. Always practice preventative care, have regular checkups from your dentist and doctor, and seek treatment for oral health and general health conditions.