Relationship between oral health and our general health

OMIDENTAL is a clinic committed to oral health, advocating a preventive approach and minimal intervention (MI). We are currently the reference center for this specialty of dentistry in Alicante.

We all know that a healthy mouth is essential to enjoy good health and a good quality of life.

Our treatments are based on looking for the "causes of the disease" and not exclusively on treating its consequences, to ensure that they do not recur.

The WHO defines oral health as the absence of orofacial pain, mouth or throat cancer, mouth infections and sores, periodontal (gum) diseases, cavities, tooth loss and other diseases and disorders that limit the affected person ability to bite, chew, smile and speak, while affecting their psychosocial well-being.

Most of these pathologies can be prevented with the comprehensive diagnostic methodology that we carry out at the OMIDENTAL clinic to solve oral problems and the individualized prevention protocol to keep the mouth in perfect health. All of this is based on the medical history, oral examination, detection of oral pathology, radiological study and analysis of etiological factors.

It is of great importance to take into account the general health of the people when making a good diagnosis and treatment and to follow the principles of minimal intervention dentistry (OMI) so as not to carry out overtreatments that can aggravate it, and to find the right causes of the disease and combat them so that it does not reproduce again.
When you arrive at our non-invasive dentistry clinic, the first thing we do is analyze the current situation of your general and oral health and evaluate the risk factors. By means of biological markers we analyze the quantity and quality of saliva, the microbiology, the level of wear of the teeth and inflammation of the gums, and thus we obtain information that tells us about how it is and the causes that have led to that problem, something similar to the results obtained when we perform a blood or urine test. In this way we can individualize the needs of each person, analyze the biological cost-benefit and offer the best personalized treatment.

70% of the medications reduce salivary flow, which is the great protection mechanism of the mouth since it has bactericides, phosphate and calcium that remineralize the teeth and proteins that maintain the Ph. That is why when saliva is altered, health dental is in danger and we have to compensate for this problem with protective factors, increasing water intake, with proper hygiene, chewing sugar-free gum that increases salivation and seeking a balance within each person's lifestyle.

In the mouth there are numerous bacteria related to dental cavities and periodontal diseases, but also to systemic diseases that affect general health. These bacteria are usually kept under control with good oral hygiene, but when harmful bacteria grow out of control they can cause gum infections, thus turning the oral cavity into a route of entry to the bloodstream and from there to everything, the organism being able to influence it.

Poor oral health can lead to serious health problems.

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Related with heart problems.

Gingivitis and periodontitis, dental diseases caused by poor oral hygiene, could lead to significant cardiovascular problems. The culprit, in this type of case, is tartar, which generates bacterial infection, destruction of the gums and retraction of the bone that supports the tooth.

For example, with periodontal disease caused by tartar the risk of a heart attack is multiplied by four.

Related with Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disease with high prevalence and high morbidity, so preventive measures for the derived complications and control of the disease are essential.

There is a proven bi-directional relationship between diabetes and periodontitis.

Periodontitis is currently considered the sixth complication of diabetes and, therefore, the role of diabetes control in an adequate response to periodontal treatment by these patients is clear.

Good oral hygiene is key to avoiding dental diseases that affect the development of diabetes, and good control by specialists.

Related with brain problems

The state of the mouth is also related to the possible appearance of neurological problems, from stroke to even dementia. Bacteria can cause gum disease that, in the medium and long term, can cause brain problems.

There are numerous studies that directly link oral hygiene with dementia, showing that people who brush their teeth less are more likely to suffer from this type of disorder.

Related with cancer

Several studies suggest that periodontal disease could increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, poor oral hygiene and persistent plaque are linked to an increased risk of premature death from cancer.

In general, these diseases can develop, or worsen, because poor oral hygiene allows germs and bacteria to enter the body that cause significant infections, even with worse consequences in cases of immunosuppression (lowering of the body's defenses). In fact, 80% of diseases enter this way through the mouth.
For this reason, the solution starts from good professional oral hygiene and its maintenance with good personal care, healthy eating and avoiding habits that favor the formation of tartar such as tobacco.

The population is not fully aware of the origin of many serious diseases that, a priori, do not seem to be related to oral health, but knowing its importance is key to preventing problems that affect our general health.

Our health, therefore, begins in our mouth.

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