Until it is too late, many patients don’t realise that dental health is essential for a happy and healthy life. There are good reasons why dental authorities encourage you to visit the dentist in Edgware every six months for oral health checks.
These oral health checks play an indispensable role in protecting the health of teeth and gums and keeping all sorts of dental health problems at bay. At Manor Lodge, you will find our friendly dentist in Edgware offers quality dental care with a patient-centric approach.
Our dentist in Edgware is really your best chance to keep on top of your dental health. As vital as a good at-home oral hygiene routine is, there is only so much brushing teeth with a toothbrush can do. There are spaces in the dental arch where a toothbrush cannot reach, and it takes the skills and specialised equipment used by the experienced hands of a dentist to get rid of bacteria and plaque accumulated there.
But why is keeping teeth free of bacteria and plaque so important? There is a growing body of evidence that ties oral health with physical and mental health. What goes on in the mouth has repercussions for the wider body and vice-versa.
The importance of dental health
Dental problems can easily reduce the quality of life lived. This can be seen on three levels.
The first is dental pain. Pain in the mouth can make it impossible to eat, sleep, work, learn or play.
The second is masticatory function – the ability to bite and chew. When biting and chewing become painful, you may feel inclined not to eat to avoid the pain. Avoiding eating will prevent you from satisfying your nutritional needs, and a physical body that lacks the nutrition it needs will not be able to function optimally.
The third is smiling a poor-looking smile. How does a less attractive smile relate to poor quality of life? It is a well-acknowledged fact that a drop in confidence is associated with a less-than-pleasing smile. Consider for a moment what impact the loss of confidence can have on the ability to find a job or make friends.
When teeth are missing due to poor dental health, this opens up the possibility of other dental concerns. Teeth that fall out leave open gaps, and when these open sockets are not filled in with a suitable replacement, they can lead to the existing teeth moving out of position and creating unnecessary orthodontic problems. Another problem that can arise due to missing teeth is jawbone recession and the loss of jawbone density.
The importance of gum health
Good dental health also depends on healthy gums. Research studies have linked numerous chronic health conditions and diseases with gum disease. The harmful bacteria that cause gum disease have been found to cause damage to the heart and lungs. Keeping gums in good health can reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease and lung infections.
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