Oral health difficulties like cavities and gum disease are very common. You might not realize that poor oral health is connected to other health problems like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 

Oral health disorders, including cavities and periodontal disease, are among the most common health problems. Omega-3 fatty acids, coenzyme Q10 and probiotics can support oral health and combat bad bacteria and inflammation in the mouth.

Are systemic diseases connected to oral health?

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer

What are the causes and risk factors?

  • Dysbiosis in the mouth (an irregularity of good and bad bacteria in the mouth) is considered to be a primary cause of periodontal disease.
  • Risk factors for periodontal disease include smoking, older age and being a woman.

What are the signs of poor oral health?

  • Hot and cold sensitivity and tooth pain may indicate a possible cavity.
  • Gum redness, swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding during brushing of the teeth and flossing may occur in periodontal disease.
  • There may also be gum retreat, deepening pockets between teeth and gums and bleeding on probing.

How can I tell if I have poor oral health?

An oral exam performed by your dentist, X-rays and a periodontal probe to measure pocket depth are utilised to diagnose cavities and periodontal disease.

How would poor oral hygiene be treated?

  • Cavities are removed and repaired with a filling. A root canal may be conducted in an effort to keep the tooth.
  • Gingivitis can often be managed with home dental hygiene and routine cleanings.
  • Periodontitis treatment can involve several strategies, including:
    • Scaling and root planing
    • Antibiotics
    • Surgery

How can I change my diet and lifestyle?

Besides regular brushing and flossing:

  • A diet low in sugar, processed starches, and sodas and high in vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of cavities.
  • Increased whole grains, calcium and exercise may reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
  • Xylitol has been discovered to reduce salivary acidity, decrease levels of plaque, harmful bacteria, inflammation of the gums and prevent a dry mouth and the erosion of enamel.
  • Fish oil has been known to benefit many of the chronic diseases that periodontal disease is connected to e.g cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune diseases.