Most people look after their teeth, to some extent. Some take extremely good care of their teeth, they watch what they eat and drink. Clean their teeth after eating, floss and visit their dentist for a yearly check up and dental clean.
However, these people are in the minority. More and more UK residents are not flossing and only brush their teeth once a day and do not visit a dentist on a regular basis.
There are several reasons for this. In most cases, it is simply that people do not really appreciate how important the health of their teeth is. They are prepared to have a few filling and maybe lose a couple of teeth to tooth decay. When they are young it does not seem like a big issue.
Healthy Teeth are Important for Later Life
However, later in life many people regret not having looked after their teeth. They end up having to wear false teeth, and as they age and their mouth changes shape can even end up struggling to eat the foods they want. A good set of strong, healthy teeth can really help an older person to maintain a healthy diet.
The Connection between Dental Health and Heart Disease
However, there is growing evidence that indicates that there is a link between heart disease and gum health. A study of 50,000 people showed that those with fewer teeth and gum disease were at a higher risk of stroke. Exactly why this is, is yet not completely clear. However, there is definitely a link and it is strong enough for the medical profession to recommend that people take better care of their teeth. They are urging people to deal with gum disease at an early stage. Given that most gum diseases develop as a direct result of poor dental hygiene, it makes sense to address this issue.
Taking proper care of your teeth does not take long or cost much. A set of good teeth will not only help you to stay healthy it will help you to look better and feel good about yourself.
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