By Jeremy Rochow
Published: Friday, January 4, 2019
Updated: January 8, 2019 at 3:35 pm
New Year, new you. Join the gym – check. New diet – check. Reduce your alcohol consumption – check. Visit the dentist. Didn’t think that would be on your 2019 New Year’s resolution list, did you?
Having your teeth examined is probably the last resolution you’d be considering, but poor oral health can have a negative impact on the rest of your body and overall wellbeing.
Here are 3 reasons you should stop dodging the dentist.
1. Improve your mental health
The discomfort you experience from some oral diseases and disorders can have a negative impact on your physical wellbeing.
But did you know it could also affect your mental health? A US study found that people suffering from dental diseases can experience anxiety, depression and poor self-esteem.
Mental health issues can have a knock-on effect on other areas of your life like relationships, employment and education.
Thankfully though, a good diet minimising the amount of sugar you consume and regular visits to the dentist can help reduce the risk of oral diseases and disorders.
2. Help get a good night’s sleep
Have you ever experienced sleepless nights because you were rolling around in your bed with a throbbing tooth? You’re grumpy and tired at work, can’t be bothered exercising and have no energy – all because of a sore mouth.
Oral issues, whether caused by gum disease or a simple toothache, can impact your sleeping patterns.
A dentist should be able to identify what’s causing the pain, which will hopefully resolve the issue and help you return to the land of nod every night.
3. Keep your heart and lungs healthy
The mouth is often an entry point for infections, which may spread to other parts of the body.
International research has even found links between chronic oral infections and heart and lung disease, strokes and even premature births.
Other germs from your mouth spread to other parts of your body through the blood stream.
When these bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation.
Just a few reasons to care for your pearly whites and get a regular check up at the dentist.