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More awareness of dental caries is needed

When it comes to going to your dentist in Parramatta, most of us visit for a clean, a filling or to have a tooth extracted. Oral health goes way beyond your teeth – oral cavities can affect your whole body. While a cavity is only small it is very close to the central nervous system, and if you have a cavity that is left untreated it can produce an infection that is then transmitted via blood circulation to other parts of the body.

Some of the parts of the body these microorganisms attack include the lungs, heart and kidneys, and it can even affect the growth of an unborn baby still in the womb.

When it comes to the heart, it is an important organ as it pumps blood, the lungs are there to supply oxygen and the kidneys are used for filtration.

So, what can happen if these organs are affected?

Hypertension, cardiac disease and even stroke. When it comes to hypertension if the gum is full of microbes, those cells may then attack the body which can cause inflammation.Inflammation makes the heart pump harder to supply more blood. When these microbes and toxins get into the blood stream they can also cause endocarditis which is an infection of the endocardium, which is the inner linings of the heart chambers and heart valves. The toxins build walls inside blood vessels, these walls have plaques, which when released into the nervous system block circulation can cause a stroke.

Oral health can also affect other medical conditions including premature babies or low birth weight for expectant mums, a mouth infection can disrupt blood-sugar levels making it difficult to control diabetes.Malalignment between the upper and lower jaws when they close can also lead to temporal mandibular joint problem.

Due to poor oralhealth people can lose their teeth, which in turn causes poor digestion since it’s hard for someone to chew. If your digestion is poor due to tooth loss, it can lead to ulcers and constipation.

How long this takes will depend entirely on the persons own defence mechanism.

Dental caries is often caused by excessive consumption of processed sugars as the acids from these sugars react with present bacteria in the plaque on the tooths surface. Limit your sugar consumption in terms of amounts and frequency.

The dentists in Parramatta, know it is important to brush after eating anything and want to remind you that just about every food you eat contains some form of sugar.

To have good oral health you should –

  • Brush at least 2 times a day
  • Maintain a healthy diet and consume sugars only minimally and infrequently
  • Floss daily
  • Use a mouthwash once a day

If you have any concerns or would like to stay on top of your oral health then call the team at Dental Avenue Parramatta on 800 400 55 and speak to one of our friendly team members who will be more than happy to assist you!

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