The importance of good oral health

Mark Willings
28, Feb 2017

Regular appointments at the dentist are important for many reasons. As well as keeping your teeth in good check they can also provide indicators about your general level of health. If you have good oral health then this can be a sign that you are well too. Conversely, if you have oral health problems this may reflect other issues with your body as a whole too.

Seeing your dentist at regular intervals for examinations allows them to detect any problems, which may be present. These include jaw misalignment, growth and development issues and matters related to insufficient nutrition. They will also be able to recognise the early stages of gum disease.

It is also important to maintain good oral health to avoid other possible issues such as oral and facial pain and problems with the heart and other major organs. Sometimes poor oral hygiene can result in digestion problems like irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure as well.

Recent research has found that over 90% of all systemic diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and several forms of cancer) display oral symptoms too. These often present themselves in different ways such as in the form of a dry mouth, mouth ulcers or swollen gums. If patients have regular visits to their dentist this means that any changes to their oral health are more likely to be recognised and that a problem can be identified early in its development.

Horbury Dental Care is a leading dental provider in Horbury, Ossett, Wakefield, Netherton and the surrounding areas. To book an appointment or to discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your oral health please get in touch on 01924 211 234.

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