Wishing you a very Happy New Year from all of the team at BPI Dental! However you saw in 2019, we hope you had a fantastic time and are ready for the year ahead.
Did you know…
…That 7 of the 10 most common New Year’s Resolutions are all about improving our health?
Also, most New Year’s Resolutions fail because we try to do too much too quickly – even the best intentions need to be implemented slowly for the most chance of success!
You in mind
Looking after your teeth and gums can have a huge impact on the rest of your body. Problems in the mouth can also often be signs of health complications affecting other areas of the body. As such, it’s important that you see the dental team at BPI Dental regularly so that we can keep an eye on your teeth and gums and make sure nothing untoward is going on.
Same risk factors
Oral health problems share many of the same risk factors as several medical complications. This means that certain unhealthy lifestyle choices can both increase your chances of developing or worsening existing dental and general health conditions – all the more reason to cut them out!
|Risk Factor||Potential dental complications||Potential medical complications
|Smoking||Mouth and neck cancer
Increased healing time
|Coronary heart disease
|Poor, unbalanced diet||Dental caries
|Coronary heart disease
|Excessive alcohol||Mouth and neck cancer
|High stress levels||Gum disease
Dental problems have also been linked with the development of various medical complications and the ability to make the systemic condition worse. For example, people with gum disease are more likely to experience heart problems, strokes and rheumatoid arthritis than those who have healthy gums.
The relationship between diabetes and dental health is particularly interesting and has been the subject of much scientific research in recent years. Poor control of blood sugar levels in diabetic people has been linked with increased risk of gum disease, dental infections, tooth decay and bad breath. Suggesting a two-way relationship, studies have also suggested that the presence of severe gum disease (periodontal disease) can also have a negative impact on glycaemic control.
Look after yourself in 2019
The take home message is to maintain good oral health so that you reduce your risk of developing medical conditions in the future. This is the time of year when many people make resolutions to eat healthier, do more exercise or make new friends – why not make your New Year’s Resolution to be kinder to yourself? Make sure you have your next appointment booked in with your BPI Dental dentist or dental hygienist. Make sure you’re maintaining a good oral health routine at home by brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between the teeth with floss or interdental brushes. As you can see, it is just as important to be eating a balanced diet, to quit smoking and to monitor your alcohol intake. Look after you in 2019 – look after your mouth and your body!