Your smile can affect the health of the rest of your body, and potentially lead to other diseases and complications

Your oral health is intrinsically connected to your general health, as diseases which occur in the mouth can significantly affect the function of your body. Your smile is like the gateway to your body, and therefore you should care about what food and devices you’re putting in your mouth. Many people open bottles and packets with their teeth, but here at Refresh Dental in Brisbane we must urge you to care for your teeth by not using them for anything other than what they’re intended for. This means chewing and speaking, and not grinding or doing anything that could damage the teeth.

To get a better understanding of how intricately the body and mouth is linked have a look at our infographic:

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As you can see gum disease has a strong link with other problems in the body. Not only can it lead to damage done to your smile, it is also associated with Alzheimer’s, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and respiratory issues.

What can I do to reduce the risk of oral and overall health problems?

In order to keep your mouth as healthy as possible it’s important that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss before bed and visit the Refresh Dental team twice a year. If you do have a history of gum disease (periodontitis) or decay then it’s important that you visit Refresh Dental more so that one of our efficient dentists can monitor your oral health. Some people’s diets make them more susceptible to complications, as the bacteria which decays the enamel and the tooth can be stimulated by sugar and bad diet.

Why should I visit the dentist if I look after my teeth?

One of the most common reasons why the general public are required to visit the dentist is because of tartar. Tartar is the result of a build-up of plaque which hardens, making it virtually impossible to get rid of without proper dental tools. Your dentist is also fully qualified to diagnose other problems and conditions with the mouth such as oral cancer, halitosis and weakening enamel which you may not notice without the assistance of a trained eye. Refresh Dental located in the Queen Street Mall have two dentists to help keep your teeth clean and healthy. Dr Kristina Cain and Dr Hamish Caithness are two Brisbane dentists who have dedicated their professions to improving the health and wellbeing of their patients through appropriate treatment. Experience their kind and friendly nature today by visiting their Brisbane dental practice, where you’ll get to meet the rest of our great team. We will work together in synergy to ensure that your mouth is protected from decay and gum disease.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease – or periodontitis is a disease which begins with gingivitis and progresses into a permanent condition which cannot be reversed. Plaque (bacteria) gathers in the crevices of your teeth and causes the gum to recede. Bacteria then accumulates and forms periodontal pockets which can rot the teeth and damage the delicate roots which keep the teeth connected to the jaw. If this relationship is decayed by bacteria then your tooth can fall out, leading you to require a dental implant.

Refresh Dental offer preventive dentistry so that you can benefit from a healthy smile for as long as possible – if not your entire life.

Book an appointment for a thorough dental examination today at Refresh Dental in Brisbane.