Why Dental Health Is So Important
Any dentist carrying out a dental implants in Richmond or anywhere in the country for that matter will insist that their patient has a good level of oral hygiene before going ahead with the dental implant procedure. A failure to keep your mouth clean can lead to infections and disease which is one of the most common causes of dental implant failure. But did you know that your dental health is also closely linked to your general health?
Oral health is one of the first indicators of the state of your bodily health and your mouth is one of the first places in your body to show disease. If you don’t keep your mouth clean it can affect your heart, and in fact the condition of your oral health can affect every organ in the body. Research has shown that poor oral health can be linked to lung and heart disease, strokes, diabetes and premature births.
If plaque is not removed effectively from the teeth and gums, then a form of gum inflammation known as gingivitis can develop. Brushing and flossing twice daily can eradicate gingivitis but if this problem is not addressed then this can start to affect the bone which supports the teeth, leading to a condition called periodontitis and if this happens following a dental implant then failure is likely.
Gum disease can often be hard to detect with symptoms not appearing until the disease is in a fairly advanced stage. Symptoms to look out for include:
Gums which are overly red, tender or swollen
Bleeding when you brush your teeth or bite into hard foods like an apple
Receding gums which may be pulling away from a tooth making it look longer
Sores in your mouth
Constant bad breath
A bite which feels different from before
A change in the fit of your dentures
Any serious infections need to be treated by a dentist since it can result in the loss of a tooth. Failure to treat infections can destroy the gums, tissue and bones supporting your teeth and over time they may need to be removed.
Gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene, eating a well balanced diet, and stopping smoking. Twice yearly visits to your dentist for oral checkups and tooth cleaning are also important. Dental examinations and X-rays can uncover any underlying problems and treat them in the early stages before too much damage has occurred. This can save you time, money and discomfort caused by dental problems.
If you’re considering a dental implant in Richmond and your oral hygiene is poor then don’t be put off from visiting a dental clinic. Sheen Dental will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth and if you’re a suitable candidate for a dental implant will help you to achieve a better level of oral hygiene prior to going ahead with any surgery. Why not give them a call on 020 8875 5277 to book a free initial consultation appointment or visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk.