Or: have you heard of the man, 26, who died from an infected tooth?
For a long time your dental health was treated as if it had nothing to do with the rest of your body. Your GP looked after you from the tonsils down, and then you had to go to a dentist for any mouth-related problems. In the last ten or so years, that has changed dramatically.
With a wealth of research from various medical fields, such as cardiovascular surgeons, GPs and dentists, it has become apparent that your oral health can—and does—affect the rest of your body.
Gum disease has been linked to a ton of different health problems like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and kidney disease.
One in 1000 patients hospitalised for serious tooth infection will die because of the infection spreading from their mouth into their blood and vital organs.
Death from tooth infection is a rare—but real—problem
In January 2017, an American truck driver pulled off the road during one of his runs to receive treatment from a nearby dentist. He was given antibiotics and he continued on his way.
However, the pain returned and the pain reached a point where he was taken to hospital. Doctors administered antibiotics and put him on dialysis. Nothing worked, and he eventually died.
In 2007, a 12-year-old boy died from a tooth infection that reached his brain and killed him.
Men’s dental health and the need for more public education
On average, men don’t visit the dentist as often as women. Another statistic also says that, more specifically, it’s single men who visit the dentist less than anyone else.
The issue is that these men don’t attribute a lot of importance to their oral health. After all, it’s just teeth—we have over 30 of them…
Except it’s about more than just teeth, and gums, and your jaw. Good oral health, and maintaining good oral hygiene, is about looking after your whole body.
Looking after your teeth is simple too. All you need to maintain a good at-home oral hygiene routine is:
- Brush and floss every day
- Drink plenty of water
- Chew gum after meals
- Eat and drink less sugary food and drinks
Importance of regular check-ups
A regular check-up, scale and clean can be the difference between a filling and root canal therapy. During a check-up and a scale and clean, your teeth are assessed, cleaned and any problems can be dealt with before they become serious.
How often you will need to visit Burleigh Waters Dental Care will depend on your oral health—and your oral hygiene routine. For some of our patients they have six-monthly appointments because that’s what’s best for their oral health. Other patients only need to see us once a year to help maintain their good oral hygiene.
If you would like to know more about maintaining good oral hygiene, or to request a consultation with Burleigh Waters Dental Care, contact us today.