Dental Care the Mouth-Body Chain: Oral Health Can Influence Overall Health
Experts claim good dental care and hygiene are important not just for your smile, but for your overall health
Concentrating on dental care and oral hygiene may seem like a paltry thing – after all, it’s just a toothache and not a heart problem – but what isn’t commonly known is that a lack of oral hygiene can also lead to other more serious health complications. Studies show that poor oral hygiene can lead to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, respiratory infections and diabetic complications.
“Often, people don’t recognise the connection between the food they consume and their overall oral health. Eating multiple sugary snacks multiple times during the day and in between meals, keeps the acidity levels of mouth bacteria high, which in turn opens up the door to painful infections,” says Dr. Kathrin Trelles, a Dubai-based implantologist and cosmetic laser dentist. Dr. Trelles is also the founder of state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.
She further adds: “Causes which lead to bad oral health can be mitigated. The consumption of sugary foods should be reduced and a healthy diet should be incorporated. Meanwhile, pain free laser technology, such as the Waterlase technology used at Vilafortuny, can help combat dental anxiety,” notes Dr. Trelles.
But where do you turn to if your dental care anxiety has prevented regular check-ups to the point of severe tooth and gum decay?
“That’s where cosmetic dentistry comes in,” says Dr. Trelles. “Cosmetic procedures span everything from dental crowns and implants to restoration of the size and appearance of teeth, veneers to correct chipped or misaligned teeth, to gum and teeth whitening to reduce stains. Cosmetic dentistry is growing heavily in popularity in the UAE. ”