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Ask the dentist – why is dental health so important?

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The commonly-known requirements needed  to maintain a positive, healthy existence include a life-sustaining diet, adequate physical exercise and plenty of good quality sleep. But what many are not aware of is that optimal oral health has an equally important role in reducing the likelihood of undesirable medical complaints and complications in other parts of the body, not just in the mouth itself.

There is a well-established body of scientific evidence that shows just how important good oral health is to sustain good overall health. This is not so hard to imagine considering the mouth is directly connected to the body and what happens in the mouth cavity is sure to have repercussions for the rest of the body.

While there are many factors that support good overall health, there are just two that have an instrumental role in dental health: the actions taken by our patients and the interventions performed by our dentist in Glasgow. The primary role of our patients is to ensure all recommended pro-dental guidelines are followed at home, while the primary role of our dentist in Glasgow at Buttercup 7 Day Dental is to provide exceptional dental care, which includes a patient-centred philosophy. It is only our qualified dentist in Glasgow who can reliably assure a patient of the strength and health of their teeth and gums and identify concerns that call for professional dental interventions.

Here are a few convincing arguments why patients need to be more deliberate in maintaining good oral health.

How dental health is linked to general health

To sustain a strong healthy body, one needs an adequate supply of essential health-promoting nutrients. Nutrients are delivered to the digestive system for absorption from the food consumed. Without the ability to bite and chew properly by strong teeth, a body will receive very little of the nutrition it needs to remain strong to fend off illness. This is one obvious way in which dental health supports overall health.

A not-so-obvious way dental health and general heath are inextricably linked is the increased probability of unwanted health issues when all is not well with oral health. Poor dental health is the result of poor oral hygiene which leads to an overwhelming presence of bad oral bacteria in the mouth.

It is these nasty pathogens that are responsible for bringing about gum disease and tooth loss. Since the mouth is the entry-way to the rest of the body, it is easy for these pathogens to make their way into the body via the bloodstream. From the bloodstream they can reach vital organs such as the heart and lungs, triggering potentially fatal complications like strokes and heart attacks.

Take charge of your dental health today and ensure all is well by scheduling an oral health check at Buttercup 7 Day Dental. Learn more about the importance of good dental health and how best to keep on top of efficient oral hygiene practice. Get in touch with our front desk team by giving us a call and we will be happy to find a date and time that is convenient for you.

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