Dental Health and its effect on overall health
Recent studies and investigation has proven the long held belief that the overall health is linked to the way we take care of our teeth. It has been long observed that people with good teeth and people who take care and maintain their teeth on a daily basis seemed to enjoy a better quality of life with regards to health and fitness. Though it was suspected that taking care of teeth contributed to good health and disease-free life, only recently has science been able to prove it.
Doctors in the University of California and University of Texas have conducted a study for the last 10 years, where they observed two sets of people every week for ten years. One set of people were asked to take extra care of their teeth on a daily basis. These people brushed, flossed and cleaned their teeth every morning and evening and also after every meal. The other set of people were asked to go about their daily life normally.
The 1st of people who took extra care of their teeth were observed to enjoy a higher quality of health. During winters and the flu season, only 10% of this set of people contracted the flu. Their self image also seemed to have improved and some of them enjoyed promotions in their job and recognition by their peers and superiors. But the most important factor was that their cholesterol numbers and blood pressure numbers got to the levels of someone 10 to 15 years their juniors!
The other notable observation was that these people also started exercising more and were careful of the kind of foods they ate. They seemed to genuinely take pride in the kind of food they started ingesting. The second set of people were actually observed to have poorer health and also elevated levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. Some of them developed knee pain and joint pain and got tired easily. The percentage of those who gained weight also increased slightly.
The future of dental health
While the study does not prove anything scientifically, it cannot be argued that there is indeed a link between dental health and overall health. With advancements in dental care and the increase of sophisticated technology and tools in the dentistry industry, taking care of your teeth has become easily accessible to the common man. Procedures like root canals and implants have become more common and more standard.
Celebrities and wealthy people have taken to cosmetic dentistry to enhance their looks and this has increased the awareness in the common man.
Make sure you have access to a good dentist and check them out before you become their patient. A good dental practice will have some of the advanced technical tools and be in sync with the latest progress in the industry!