Your dental health can be indicative of your overall general health. The mouth is the main gateway to the body. All food goes through the oral cavity and it is also crucial for breathing. As such it is one of the most important parts of the body and keeping it healthy is important. An unhealthy mouth can indicate either that you are suffering from a wider health problem with symptoms manifesting themselves in the oral cavity or conversely that poor dental hygiene could be causing a health problem for the body.
There are a number of internal diseases that exhibit symptoms in the mouth that a Leeds dentist may be able to spot during a routine check up. This could often be the difference between effective treatment and further suffering. Catching a disease or condition early through oral diagnoses could even save your life. Bad breath in the mouth could also be a sign that you are suffering intestinal or digestion problems.
Your oral hygiene can also impact on the state of your body. Not only is gum disease very unpleasant and painful in itself but it has also been found to be a major contributing factor to heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. Bacteria that causes gum disease can get into the bloodstream and start a chemical reaction that leads to a narrowing of the arteries and ultimately heart disease. Keeping your mouth and teeth clean with an effective regime of brushing and flossing and making regular visits to a Leeds dentist can help limit the risk of causing health problems which originate in the oral cavity.