Don’t let the tooth fairy or your dentist cash-in on the CoronavirusMarch 1st, 2021
When was the last time you went to the dentist for a check-up?
The Coronavirus has most probably left a bad taste in your mouth for many reasons including a build-up of plaque, lost fillings or an abscess.
When we were children the thought of losing a tooth and hiding it under our pillow for the tooth fairy was exciting. In adulthood, we don’t want to lose our teeth, the last thing we want to see is the tooth fairy or have hours of treatment at the dentist.
Since the first lockdown visiting the dentist hasn’t been a priority or even a possibility with many dentists being closed or offering emergency appointments only. Could we be faced with a big dental bill because of the pandemic? Or worse, could we be putting ourselves at risk of a serious illness by not looking after our teeth and gums?
10 health issues that can be caused by bad dental care
One of the main reasons that you should go to the dentist is because looking after your dental health is a critical barrier to protection. To prevent greater health complications as a result of your teeth and gums. The mouth is a primary entrance into the body, bacteria from the mouth can easily get into the bloodstream and cause infection and inflammation. Here are 10 health issues that could arise from bad dental health.
1. Cardiovascular Disease
If gums are inflamed due to bacteria it can cause periodontal disease and that bacteria can get into the bloodstream causing a build-up of plaque. It can result in the hardening of the arteries which is very serious. That can lead to blood flow issues and heart blockages, increasing the likelihood of a heart attack.
Bad bacteria and other substances coming from the gums can kill brain cells leading to potential dementia. Research has shown that dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can result from gingivitis when the bacteria in the mouth enters the nerve channels or bloodstream.
3. Respiratory Infections
Infected teeth and swollen gums can affect the respiratory system. Bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs and then travel into the bloodstream.
The bacteria can cause respiratory infection such as pneumonia, acute bronchitis and sometimes COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
Gum disease can make diabetes more difficult to manage. Diabetic symptoms can get worse when sugar levels are all over the place. Good oral hygiene is really important to prevent complications of the disease.
5. Pregnancy complications
Pregnant women need to practice good oral hygiene. Changes in hormones can cause a pregnant woman to develop oral infections easier. Any type of infection in a pregnant woman’s body can cause complications and infections such as periodontitis and gingivitis have been known to cause premature birth.
There is a link between poor oral health and problems with infertility in women. Gum disease can lead to various overall health issues that can make it more difficult for a woman to conceive and sustain a healthy pregnancy. It can take longer for a woman with poor oral health to get pregnant than it would for a woman who has good dental health.
7. Erectile Dysfunction
Chronic periodontal disease is an infection that occurs when gums pull away from teeth, which creates pockets that carry bacteria and allows the bug to spread to the bone surrounding teeth. Bacteria from diseased gums can get into the bloodstream and cause blood vessels to become inflamed. This inflammation can block the flow of blood to the genitals, making erections more difficult or even impossible to achieve.
Poor oral health practices such as smoking or using tobacco products can lead to oral and throat cancers, but other types of cancer have also been linked to gum disease. The risk for kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and blood cancers is much higher for people who have poor oral health.
9. Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease is a serious health problem that affects the kidneys, heart, bones, and blood pressure. People with gum disease generally have weaker immune systems and are more likely to get infections. Many people who suffer from very poor oral health also suffer from kidney disease. Kidney disease can be fatal if it leads to kidney failure or cardiovascular disease.
10. Rheumatoid Arthritis
According to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, people with gum disease were four times more likely to have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both diseases have inflammation in common. The oral bacteria from gingivitis can increase inflammation throughout the body. This makes the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, a painful and debilitating inflammatory disease, much higher.
Visiting the dentist and the Coronavirus
Knowing that the virus is transmitted through the eyes, nose or mouth is enough to put anyone off. With a dentist working on your teeth at such a close range logic would tell you that there would be a high possibility of transmission of the virus. However, most dentists have government guidelines, new protocols and other measures in place to protect their patients, their surgery staff and themselves. Wearing a mask, face shield, doing temperature checks and using specific equipment to reduce spit and transmissions of pathogens.
Do you suffer from dentophobia?
Dentophics have a fear of going to the dentist, it’s quite a common thing. It is normally the result of a previous bad experience, either due to a heavy-handed dentist or a previous significant amount of work that has been done on the teeth. Some people hate the high pitched, whizzing drilling noise or the size of the needle when your mouth needs to be numbed for a filling or an extraction.
How can you help yourself look after your teeth and get control of any anxiety you have about visiting your dentist? Try exposure therapy.
Indications of dental health issues are swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath or pain.
Exposure therapy involves visiting your dentist in phases. Starting with just going to the dentist and letting the dentist look at your teeth and not do any work. Ideally done first thing in the morning when the surgery isn’t busy and you are less likely to hear that drilling noise that is very off-putting. On the next visit allow the dentist to check for any work that might be needed and have any x-rays. If you do need work done on your teeth, you can always wear noise-cancelling headphones or listen to music.
Of course, the desired situation is not needing any work done on your teeth by making sure you look after your teeth and gums, this includes:
- Brushing your teeth properly twice a day and using a toothbrush appropriate for your teeth and gums. Electric toothbrushes are highly recommended
- Flossing to remove food and plaque from between the teeth
- Using mouthwash to help get rid of the bacteria that brushing alone can’t
- Visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly
- Eating a healthy diet including less sugary or acidic foods
- Supplements can be taken to help strengthen the enamel on the teeth and the condition of the gums
- Cut back or stop drinking and smoking
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Benefits of using a peptide-based dental care:
- Promotes growth of shrinking gums
- Speeds healing of mouth & tongue
- Prevents oral infections (such as gingivitis)
- Helps with enamel remineralization
- Reduces bacteria growth and etching
- Fills slots in damaged enamel
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Remember, dentists are medical professionals who help you put your money where your mouth is. With good dental self-care, you can save yourself a lot of money and toothache!
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