Sally Says: Teeth & Your Health

What’s the connection between oral health and overall health?

I sat down with Dr. Bobby Chhoker and we discussed the effects of poor oral hygiene on your health and the top tips you can do it address any issues you have.

Who is Dr Bobby? Dr Bobby is a dental surgeon based in Sydney, Australia. For the past 20 years, he has blended two passions that allow him to create solutions for anyone to achieve a natural smile that lasts a lifetime.

Oral health is a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life. WHO defines oral health as “a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing.

Certain conditions also might affect your oral health, including:
• Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, and that regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control.
• HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
• Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.
• Alzheimer’s disease. Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

Does your oral health have an affect on your immunity?
Dr Bobby explains that the bacteria in your body are opportunist and they seek to multiple. So if you do not brush your teeth twice per day and floss then this will create a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause disease.

Not only will the bacteria increase the chances of oral disease but it will go into your blood stream and could affect your body, organs and immunity.

Dr Bobby’s Top Tips

– Brush your teeth
– Floss your teeth
– Get a check up from a great dentist every 6 months (6 months is the rate of decay we have)

Along with a high plant base diet, limit sugary drinks and sticky fermented carbohydrates you will have your teeth with you for the long term.

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