National Smile Month is all about raising awareness of having a healthy smile!! It highlights the following key messages which go along way to help us develop and maintain a healthy mouth and smile:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how much and how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
A healthy mouth is so beneficial as our teeth have such an important role to play in our lives. Teeth help us chew and digest food, they help us to talk and speak clearly and they also give our face its shape.
A healthy smile can truly transform our visual appearance, improve our confidence, and as well as improving the health of not only our mouth but our body too.
Keeping our teeth for life
By brushing our teeth twice daily, maintaining a low-in-sugar diet and regular visits to a dental professional, we can help reduce the risk of such diseases like dental tooth decay and gum disease of which both can result in tooth loss. Tooth loss through dental decay and gum disease are almost entirely preventable and there’s no reason why, with a good daily oral health routine, we cannot keep our teeth for life.
Reducing the risk of disease
When we have gum disease, the bacteria from our mouth can get into the bloodstream. It then produces a protein which causes the blood to thicken. This means that clots are more likely to form, and the heart is not getting the nutrients and oxygen it needs, resulting in increased risk of a heart attack. Similarly, gum disease can also cause inflammation of the blood vessels, blocking the blood supply to the brain, leading to a potential stroke. New research has also shown that we are more likely to develop diabetes if we have gum disease.
Reducing the risk of cancer and dementia
By keeping our teeth and gums healthy we are more likely to reduce our risk of certain cancers, particularly in women, as well as some forms of dementia. Those who have healthy gums are also 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those who have suffered from gum disease over a long period of time.
Having a healthy baby
Pregnant women with healthy gums may be around three times less likely to have a baby that is premature, reducing the risk of having a low birth weight. Research says there is a one-in-four chance that a pregnant woman with gum disease could give birth before 35 weeks. This is because gum disease raises the levels of the chemicals that bring on labour.
Maintaining our appearance
Keeping our teeth clean and healthy can help us steer clear of bad breath which is often caused by a buildup of plaque and is a symptom of gum disease and tooth decay. Another very common condition that can affect our appearance is tooth staining. Tooth staining is natural and is usually associated with smoking, or drinking lots of tea, coffee or red wine. Stained teeth are not usually harmful and tends to have little impact on the health of our teeth. In most cases we should be able to prevent surface staining with regular cleaning, while more stubborn stains may need to be tackled by a dental professional.
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