Routine dental appointments can do much more than improving your dental hygiene or preventing the development of cavities. Regular dental appointments can help with the early diagnosis of potential mental and physical health issues. Keeping on track with dental check-ups can prevent severe conditions and save you money in the long run. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of going to an annual dentist appointment.

Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Brain Disorders

One of the most significant dental hygiene benefits that most people don’t know about is reducing the risk of mental health issues. You may wonder, how is oral health related to brain health? Well, there are over 500 different types of bacteria living in the mouth, some of which can lead to the development of gum disease. According to studies, in addition to damaging your oral health, gum disease bacteria can travel to the brain. Once in the brain, it could lead to or worsen conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Good Oral Health, Good Heart Health

According to studies, periodontal disease may increase the risk of coronary heart disease. Also, according to Harvard Medical School, people with gum disease may be at greater risk of having a stroke or cardiovascular disease. Here is why:
  • Formation of blood clots: The bacteria responsible for gum disease increase the risk for platelet aggregation, which leads to the formation of blood clots. The presence of blood clots in veins or arteries can cause strokes. 
  • Inflammation: Gum disease causes inflammation in the whole body, not just in your gums!. Unfortunately, there is a strong link between chronic inflammation and atherosclerosis , which can cause strokes.

Poor Dental Hygiene and Severe Diabetes Mellitus

According to studies, people who have diabetes mellitus are prone to gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease is harder to control in people with diabetes. Most importantly, having severe gum disease complicates the control and treatment for diabetes mellitus. According to the CDC, over 32 million Americans have diabetes. If you are one of them, it is crucial to consider oral health as part of your diabetes mellitus treatment. We also highly recommend informing your dentist about any current medical conditions.  As we have seen, the benefits of dental hygiene are not only present in our oral health but also in our overall health. For further information about oral health, please reach out to Warwick Implant and Restorative Dentistry. We are here to help!

Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics-report/index.html  https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/gum-disease-and-heart-disease-the-common-thread#:~:text=Known%20as%20atherosclerosis%2C%20this%20fatty,not%20be%20a%20direct%20connection https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/large-study-links-gum-disease-dementia#:~:text=The%20mouth%20is%20home%20to,related%20dementias%2C%20especially%20vascular%20dementia https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC88948/