Emergency dentistry news: Healthy teeth ‘reduce chances of other illnesses’
New research has claimed that good oral hygiene can reduce the risks of contracting other illnesses, as well as limit the chances of needing emergency dentistry.
President of the Malaysian Dental Association Dr How Kim Chuan has suggested that maintaining healthy teeth and gums can reduce the dangers of contracting gum disease, which can lead to heart and systemic illnesses, Malaysian news agency Bernama reports.
Symptoms of gum disease, such as redness, bleeding gums, loosening of the teeth and bad breath could lead to systemic illnesses such as diabetes due to bacteria lowering the body's resistance to infection, Dr Chuan revealed.
Studies have also shown that inflammation of the gums could affect cardiovascular health due to plaque formation from the teeth transferring to the arteries and restricting blood flow around the body.
During his speech at the launch of Listerine Total Care Mouthwash, Dr Chuan stressed the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene as a method of ensuring good overall health.
Colgate advises people to brush their teeth twice a day, use dental products containing fluoride and eat a healthy balanced diet to maintain good oral hygiene.