3 ways visiting your dentist will improve your overall health

The New Year is the perfect time to reassess your health and make some of those changes you’ve been putting off. Eating right and exercising more are usually at the top of the list, but have you thought about your smile? Read through this list to see how your dentist can help you improve your overall health.

1.      Gum disease linked to serious health problems

A host of recent studies has begun to link the presence of gum disease to serious health concerns such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory disease and diabetes. With this in mind, it might be time to rethink your oral care! Contributing factors to gum disease include poor at-home maintenance, diet, and missing your regular check-up. If your gums bleed when you brush them or are swollen and tender at all we recommend making an appointment as soon as possible. As well as being linked to serious disease, gum disease can cause weakening of our teeth and in some cases even tooth loss.

2.      Healthy teeth help keep your digestive system healthy

Problems with the way your teeth function affect the way you chew and swallow which subsequently affects how your food is digested. Large gaps, overcrowding, incorrect bites or sensitive teeth can all affect the way you chew. At Belle Dental, we have a firm belief in taking a simple, conservative approach to dental care. Every single treatment we perform has a low biological cost which means we focus on simple approaches with big impacts. Ensuring your teeth are free from decay, your gums are healthy and you have the correct bite will all improve the overall function of your teeth. This means chewing your food properly and reducing the amount of bacteria necessary to break down your food.

3.      Your mouth is often the entryway for infection

Excessive bacteria present in your mouth teamed with inflammation of the gums can cause infection to enter the bloodstream and other parts of the body including the heart. Attending the dentist regularly will include a thorough professional clean. This clean removes any build-up of tartar present on teeth which is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and left untreated can produce decay and gum disease. Tartar cannot be cleaned at home. It is firmly fixed to your teeth and will need a professional cleaning to be removed.

Belle Dental Low Biological Cost

While we will always recommend going for a dental check-up every 6 months, it is important to choose a dentist that’s right for you. At Belle dental, our point of difference is our exceptional level of care and commitment to conservative treatments. We believe your natural teeth should be protected at all costs and artificial substitutes will never replace the real thing. If you are looking for a dentist who cares about keeping your natural teeth healthy and improving your overall health call the friendly team at Belle Dental today!

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