According to the Academy of General Dentistry, 90% of all systematic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms. Your mouth is a window into the health of the rest of your body. When your oral health is poor, it is likely that your general health will be poor as well. This is why doctors will often test your saliva for a variety of factors. Monitoring of osteoporosis, detection of cancers, hepatitis, HIV, Parkinson’s, and diabetes can all be achieved through a saliva sample.
Saliva is a main line of defence when it comes to bacteria and viruses. Your saliva is full of antibodies that defend you against things like the common cold. It also contains enzymes which fight against all sorts of disease-causing bacteria.
However, your saliva is not invincible. When there too many bacteria in your mouth, it can form plaque, which clings to your teeth and gums. If left to its own devices, this build-up of bacteria can cause all sorts of problems. Aside from inhibiting your immune system, it can cause great damage to your teeth and gums. Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to major illness and tooth loss. In some severe cases, if any open wounds are present within the mouth these bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and stick to the lining of heart valves, thereby damaging them, and creating other heart issues.
Without proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet, you can put your oral health in jeopardy. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one in two 12-year-olds have had tooth decay in their permanent teeth. Furthermore, three in ten adults have untreated tooth decay. Tooth decay leads to cavities, and if left untreated can infect the gums or cause tooth loss. Ultimately that kind of damage can affect your bite, and lead to unwanted side effects such as jaw joint issues, hearing problems and headaches.
Thankfully, keeping your mouth healthy isn’t so hard. There are a few simple things that you can do to ensure you are practising correct oral hygiene.
At Marriott & Hand, we like to perform an Initial Comprehensive Examination for new adult patients, or for those patients who haven’t been to see us in quite some time. This involves a full hour of thorough examination where we can gather as much information as possible about the state of your oral health. This includes:
Using this information we can discuss your current oral health in detail and recommend any further treatment that may be necessary.
If you are concerned about your oral health, or would like to book an appointment, then feel free to contact us today.