Dental professionals cannot stress enough how important it is for people to take good care of their teeth. Trusted family dentists may run ads, publish content online and launch campaigns to share valuable tips and reminders on the necessary steps to improve oral health.

Such helpful pieces of information make a more significant impact once you think about the connection between the condition of your mouth and your overall health and wellbeing.

After all, taking care of your gums and teeth is not only about avoiding the pain of a toothache or having a more beautiful smile. Good oral health has a huge contribution and plays a key role in how you feel in different parts of your body and as a person.

How exactly does that happen?

1.  Good oral health is crucial to making sure you digest your food properly.

When you have a complete set of teeth and they’re all in good condition, it’s so much easier to chew your food thoroughly. Proper chewing is a must in preventing digestive issues.

When you can chew your food to small bits, your stomach doesn’t have to produce more acids than it needs to further break down food. You can avoid acid reflux, which is painful and can hold you back from achieving good quality of life.

2. Good oral health is good for your self-confidence.

Bad breath, which is a self-esteem crusher, is rarely an issue if you take care of your teeth and gums well.

When you don’t have to worry about halitosis, it’s easier to be friendly and sociable. Ditto if your teeth look nice. You can easily flash a smile and make yourself more approachable.

Healthy teeth and gums make up one good reason for people to think of you in a positive light.

It’s also worth mentioning that having all of your teeth can keep you looking young for much longer. That’s why many believe that investing in cosmetic dental procedures is investing in your career and personal development. If you want to feel good about yourself by delaying the signs of aging, maintaining oral health is definitely a practice you should commit to.

3. Good oral health can prevent the flare-up of certain medical conditions.

Countless studies have already established a link between periodontal disease and chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and even thyroid problems. If you want to live a long life, clearly, oral health should be your priority.

With damaged teeth and weak gums, bacteria are allowed to proliferate much faster and they can actually find their way to those vulnerable organs and arrest your immune system.

On top of that, when you have difficulty eating because of toothaches, your immune system gets weaker furthermore because you’re prevented from getting all the nutrients your body needs.

4. Good oral health ensures your productivity.

There’s nothing like a bad toothache to prevent you from doing anything. Most people have to take a leave from work or miss school when they have a toothache.

It can be quite stressful to miss out on opportunities when you can’t function because of a toothache. If you’re a competitive person or you have a lot of financial accountabilities to stay on top of, those missed opportunities will surely weigh heavily on you.

A holistic approach to good oral health

Work on your oral health seriously and you can stay on top of your game and free yourself of a few worries. But to do so, it’s important to know that boosting your oral health requires an entire lifestyle commitment.

For starters, do something about your diet. Eating the right food will strengthen your teeth and boost your immune system against bacteria. Likewise, get to know your vitamins and consider taking health supplements like vitamin C and coenzyme Q10. These can make up for whatever nutrient deficiencies you may have that can impact your teeth and gums.

Taking charge of your oral health is taking charge of your life, so start implementing the best dental health practices – they’re easy enough. Heed the advice or instructions of your family dentists. Brush, floss, go to the dentist twice a year for oral prophylaxis and preventive treatments. Such efforts are usually enough to avoid common oral issues.

Dr. Yvette Porter

Dr. Yvette Porter is the founding dentist at Apple Dental in Newstead, Brisbane, which she started over 11 years ago, and continues to own and practice there today. She works with a team of female dentists who aim to provide gentle, and affordable dental care to patients in Brisbane. Dr. Porter is a member of the Australian Dental Association and is passionate about family, and children’s dentistry, hoping to make their dental experience truly pleasant.