Taking good care of your teeth has a powerful effect on your overall health. Bad breath and sore teeth are the results of neglecting your oral health. Poor oral health can lead to other health problems like oral cancer. Extensive research have found connections and gum problems and bacterial pneumonia, heart disease, stroke and pregnancy complications.
The Role of Diet and Lifestyle in Oral Health:
Some dietary habits and lifestyle can affect your oral health. Such include:
Consumption of sugar
It has been noticed recently that people living in the Balmain suburb of Sydney have a higher level of sugar consumption when compared to their neighbouring suburbs. The higher standards of living in Balmain hasn’t stopped the locals from enjoying their daily dose of sugary foods. Having a diet high in sugar contributes significantly to tooth decay and gum problems. The bacteria in the mouth can thrive in this environment thus produce enzymes and acids which destroy the tooth and gum.
Cigarettes and tobacco products are associated with gum disease, oral cancer and tooth decay. The smoke from the tobacco products has a toxic effect on the gum, interferes with blood flow, stains the teeth and leads to bad breath. The smoke is also a direct cause of oral cancer.
Alcohol consumption can directly lead to oral problems. It results to dehydrated mouth, a condition that allows bacteria to replicate.
Changes in Weight
Changes in body weight have an effect on dentures. Weight fluctuations affect the gum pads on which the dentures rest. ADA recommends eating high fiber fruits and vegetables so as to maintain a healthy weight and fight tooth decay.
Medications such as antibiotics can cause internal staining of teeth depending on age at which they are taken. Lots of medication tend to dry up the saliva. A dry mouth is more prone to gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
It is advised that you visit your dentist in Balmain regularly to eliminate any problems early. You should learn to practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing your teeth carefully and regularly so as to eliminate the accumulation of plaque.