It is always important to visit your dentist, but just as important if not more is it important to visit your doctor whenever your health demands it. There are plenty of times where your general health can have a very important influence on your dental/ oral health. Today we are going to explore some of the ways that your general health can influence and affect your dental health.
Having an unhealthy lifestyle
There are a variety of ways that leading an unhealthy lifestyle can seriously damage your oral health. Take a second to think about smokers, every single day, and every time they smoke they are adding carcinogens not only to their lungs but to their mouth. Smoking rots your teeth just like too much added sugar can weaken the enamel and slowly get at the roots of your teeth. Alcohol whether you know it or not also has a detrimental effect on your teeth.
Following a healthy lifestyle is absolutely essential for the health of your teeth. Eating the proper amount of vegetables, lowering the amount of sugar content you consume, and preventing the rotting of your teeth, the decaying of your enamel and the worsening of your oral health.
Anxiety and StressYou may think that anxiety and stress is detrimental to every part of your life except for your oral health but that unfortunately is not true. Anxiety and stress also play an important role in your oral health as we tend to tighten up, tense up and take out that stress on our gums and our teeth. Such actions, especially grinding of teeth can be very detrimental to ones oral health and over a long period of time, can cause real damage to your oral health.
AsthmaAsthma is quite a tricky one to deal with given that depending on the intensity of the Asthma, you may need your medications more frequently than others. Users of bronchodilator and corticosteroid inhalers can have quite damaged teeth because of the medications. These asthma medicines when used daily can cause irregularities in the production of saliva within your mouth, leaving your gums and teeth more prone to infections than others.
For someone that regularly has asthma attacks, this is usually accompanied with coughing attacks. These attacks can usually bring up acid from your stomach which will as a result cause your teeth and your gums a lot of damage. The tooth erosion from the acid can at times be irreplaceable.
DiabetesWhen it comes to diabetes, it is always important to consider all aspects of your health especially your oral health. Dry mouth which is one of the side effects of diabetes can have a significant impact on both your gums and your teeth.
As always make sure you continue living an active and healthy lifestyle for the sake of your oral health!
It isn't a surprise that the older we get, the worse our dental and gum condition gets. As an experienced dentist, I have seen seniors come in for all types of problems, and for this reason I want to highlight 14 oral health concerns that anyone at any age, but especially seniors could most definitely benefit from.
For starters it is essential to keep with the adequate brushing and flossing routine given that the older your teeth get the more sensitive they become. Understanding that all of our readers are regular teeth brushers and frequently visit their dentist and have an apt dental health we highlight the following 14 oral health problems:
It can make life so much easier for seniors, but don't forget that always need extra care. Come in for a yearly checkup to make sure that your denture is in good shape so it doesn't do any damage to your gums or teeth.
2. Dry Mouth
It is most definitely something we see almost always with our seniors. This is usually caused by specific medications that they may be taking. If this isn't treated with proper care, a dry mouth can affect your teeth negatively. There are methods for being pro-active towards a more moist mouth. These are all things that we do at Kitsilano Dentist, and we would be more than happy to help you with them.
3. The decay of root surfaces of teeth.
This can become a larger problem in seniors. Fluoride toothpaste goes a long way for this problem as well as flossing regularly and visiting your dentist.
4. Gum disease
It can be a very serious scenario that our seniors also come in for. It is important to take into account all of the factors that make gum disease more prevalent such as
- Bad Oral hygiene
- Poor Diet
-Heart Diseases, Cancer Diabetes
5. Tooth Discolouration
We often see our senior patients come in with slightly discoloured teeth, not much to worry about here as this is a regular sight of ageing. A lot research shows that some discolouration is almost inevitable. Sugary products, and smoking will make these conditions much worse.
6. Bad Breath
A lot of seniors when they come in confess that they feel like they have bad breath. This makes a lot of social situations that they undergo slightly uncomfortable. A lot of seniors are confused by this given that they have high standards for their dental health. A lot of times we find that dry mouth and other diseases can help to create bad breath. Check with your dentist to see what you can do about it.
7. Gum Sensitivity
Naturally, gums recede over time and will expose sections of your teeth that are less protected by enamel. As soon as a hot/cold beverage is in contact with these areas you will feel sharp pain. This sensitivity can be aided with the help of anti-sensitivity toothpaste. Visit your local dentist if this problem continues.
8. Diseases also play a part
While we always hope for a relaxing and pain-less retirement, sadly the older you get the more prone you are to developing all types of disease. Diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes also play an important part in your dental health. While patients complain about dealing with an extra thing while already going through other treatments, proper dental health is a crucial in all stages of life.
9. Loss of Teeth
Rarely do we see Seniors with a complete set of teeth that is real and that hasn't gone any additional treatment from chips or other dental problems. We find that most seniors that come in to our dental office are missing on average 4-5 teeth. Don't forget how damaging smoking is to your teeth! If you do lose a tooth visit your dentist as soon as possible to make sure you don't undergo more problems.
The older you get the more likely we are to develop cavities in our ageing teeth. Seniors are at high risk for developing cavities. Sugary foods once again can be a severe culprit of the development of these unwanted plaques on our teeth.
As sad as it is, we have had to direct some of our dental patients into more intensive cancer-care units due to the development of this type of cancer. This can affect any part around the ororpharyngeal area, this includes gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue, lips, jaw and throat. Most of the time it appears as a small red or white spot around your throat or mouth. This will then develop into a very damaging cancer. Please visit your dentist as soon as possible.
12. Putting Dental Care Last
Something I tell all my patients is that dental care isnt just about the health of your teeth and gums, but it also aids in general health. Given that people who go through poor diets and poor habits like smoking or drug use will most of the time have a very poor dental status. For that reason, a lot of times we can know how healthy a patient is purely on their dental health.
I hope this post helped a few seniors understand what they are going through and they can find help as soon as possible. Thanks for reading and as always keep smiling!
As 2018 passes by it is imperative to remember that our dental hygiene is as important as ever. With sugar embedded in almost every food we consume, there isn't a more important time to get consistent dental check-ups. Taking care of aching gums, and cavities before they become larger and more threatening dental problem is always a priority here at Kitsilano Dentist .
For the little ones in our families it is important to cement the correct way of brushing teeth. Clicking on this link will show an in-depth explanation with a video aid to make sure our little ones grow with strong teeth!
Let's make 2019 a wonderful year for everyone, and lets not forget about how important visiting your local dentist office is. If you are around the Kitsilano Area in Vancouver, BC don't forget to visit our location at 2425 W 4th in Vancouver. We do also have offices in the West End, in Dunbar and in Kerrisdale.
Happy New Year, and as always Keep Smiling.
- Dr. Ros
Jaw Misalignment is for some a very real problem. Here at Kitsilano Dentist, right on the heart of W 4th Ave in the Kitsilano area in Vancouver, we've seen this problem come up more and more over the years. The simple thought of not having your dental structure working in its geometric perfection is a difficult situation. The jaw is made up of a variety of joints and very strong muscles that allow you to chew things of varying toughness. Hearing a clicking or popping of these joints can be uncomfortable and lead to worsening and more problematic dental conditions.
One type of condition that can come from a misaligned jaw can be a simple difficulty in chewing or biting. This can become worse with the extra wear and tear that a misaligned joint can take.
A second type of condition that can develop is difficulty speaking. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, teeth can become an obstruction to the movement of your tongue and cause a loss of fluidity in your speech.
A third and more severe condition that can form from a misaligned jaw is jaw pain. Due to the intense strain on your jaw muscles and the muscles surrounding it, this can lead to extreme discomfort and pain. In some occasions this can even lead to TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) due to the overbearing stress that your jaw is undertaking.
For a free checkup of your dental structure, any emergency dental situations and help with dental restructuring come to Kitsilano Dentist, located at 2425 W 4th Ave in the Kitsilano area in Vancouver BC!