Why dental health is important? Is it linked to the overall health?


Dental hygiene is as important as physical appearance. You should not neglect your dental problems until they become severe issues.

Different types of Dentist

The dental team consists of the dentist and dental hygienist. You will be amazed to know there are different types of dentist for different types of oral problems are such as:

  • Orthodontist

The orthodontist is also known as an alignment specialist which helps you in correcting the position of your teeth and jaw.

  • Periodontist

The periodontist is also known as a gum specialist which treats and diagnoses the gum problems and the structures which supports the teeth.

  • Endodontist

The endodontist is also known as a root canal specialist which diagnoses, treats the patient in the sensitive area of the mouth. It prevents any type of root problem.

  • Prosthodontist

The prosthodontist is also known as a replacement specialist which replaces the lost tooth or damaged teeth of the patient.

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

The oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat the soft and hard tissue of your mouth and jaw. The surgeon will perform surgeries like tooth extraction, corrective jaw surgery, etc.


How can you take care of your oral health?

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Do flossing after brushing which is important. People usually neglect to do flossing.
  • Don’t eat too many sweets
  • Go to the dentist from time to time. He will identify the problem at an early stage.
  • Eat healthy food
  • Avoid some bad habits like smoking which is the reason for gum diseases.
  • Avoid consuming soft or hard drinks.


How oral hygiene reduces the risk of health problems?

Given below are some of health problem risk reduced by proper oral care regime:

  • Risk of getting a heart attack

The person who is facing gum diseases, the bacteria of your mouth can get into the bloodstream which can thicken your blood and clots will increase the risk of getting a heart attack to a person.

  • Any type of stroke

Gum disease can also cause inflammation of the blood vessels, it can block the supply of the blood to the brain which can lead to stroke.

  • Reduces the risk of getting diabetes

Many pieces of research have found that dental problems can lead to diabetes also. Consulting your dentist from time to time is important for a person to say fit and healthy.

  • Risk of getting cancer and dementia

Not visiting your dentist will lead to an increase in cancer and dementia in the person. The dentist will figure out the problem at an early stage which will not lead to major problems.

  • Premature birth of an infant

If a pregnant woman is facing any gum diseases then it leads to the premature birth of a baby and it also affects the weight of the baby.


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Dr. Priya Verma

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