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Why dental health is so important

At One Dental, we are Australia's premier supplier of dental supplies for students, educators, and dental practitioners. We prioritise top-quality service and products to do our part in ensuring excellent dental care throughout the country and the world, because we know dental health is vital for our overall wellbeing.

From August 7-13, 2023, it's Dental Health Week in Australia and this year the theme is ‘Mind, Body, Mouth - it’s all connected’, which is perfect for highlighting just how important dental health is.

The mouth-body connection

Poor oral health can have significant implications for overall wellbeing. Inflammation in the mouth can create an environment where bacteria can enter the bloodstream, leading to various health issues in other parts of the body.

Research studies have linked periodontal disease to cardiovascular health problems, including an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Oral bacteria can also result in respiratory health problems and exacerbate infections like pneumonia, especially among the elderly.

Proper chewing and oral function are essential for an effective digestive system and overall digestive health. The immune system closely links with dental health, and poor outcomes can weaken the body's defence mechanisms, increasing susceptibility to infections.

There is also a relationship between oral health and diabetes. People with diabetes are more prone to gum disease, which can make it even harder to control blood sugar levels, creating a vicious cycle.

Women and children

Establishing good oral behaviours from a young age is imperative for lifelong oral health. Even as toddlers, children can begin learning about the significance of maintaining proper dental care for their teeth and gums.

Poor dental health can even impact pregnancy and birth outcomes. Some complications include premature birth, low birth weight, pre-eclampsia, gingival tissue ulcerations, pregnancy granuloma, gingivitis, pregnancy tumours, loose teeth, mouth dryness, dental erosions and more.

Another critical aspect affecting dental health in children and families is diet and nutrition. The foods we consume have a profound influence on the strength of our teeth and condition of our oral cavity. That’s why nutrition and dental health go hand in hand in establishing good lifelong habits for dental care. Understanding the significance of a balanced diet in maintaining oral health empowers people to make positive dietary choices and develop healthier habits.

Mental health and quality of life

Your physical health affects your mental health. And if your oral health can impact your physical health, it can wreak havoc on your mental health too, increasing anxiety and stress.

Dental decay and tooth loss can lead to chronic pain, social isolation and low self-esteem, significantly reducing an individual’s quality of life. These challenges can hinder the enjoyment of everyday activities, prevent people from participating in social gatherings or pursuing opportunities that might otherwise enhance their personal and professional lives.

Neglecting oral health can have far-reaching consequences beyond discomfort in the mouth. Proper dental care is essential for mental wellness and a happier life.

Oral cancer awareness

Prioritising excellent oral health and scheduling regular dental check-ups can play a pivotal role in the early detection of oral cancers and improving outcomes.

In addition, adopting certain other healthy habits can help reduce the risk of oral cancers, including:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Avoiding tobacco and second-hand smoke
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Using UV-blocking lip balm when exposed to the sun
  • Ensuring dentures fit properly

Tips for good oral healthcare at home

Remember, ‘Mind, Body, Mouth - it’s all connected’ and that prevention is key. Maintaining good oral health through simple practices can help you avoid the need for extensive dental intervention later on.

Take proactive steps now to preserve your smile and prevent potential issues in the future.
To ensure excellent oral health, brush twice and floss once daily, maintain a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and make regular visits to your dentist. Some things to avoid or limit include soft drinks and energy drinks, tobacco products, alcohol, juices and cordials, coffee and tea. And don’t use your teeth to open packets - they aren’t tools!

Talk to the experts

When it comes to dental tools and supplies for students, educators and private practitioners, One Dental has everything you need to care or learn how to care for smiles. We know what you need and can help you make informed choices on all the right products.

We specialise in fostering long-term partnerships with our clients based on trust. Join with us as we celebrate Dental Health Week and spread the awareness that will lead to everyone enjoying good overall health - mind, body and mouth.

Contact us today to learn more and speak with a friendly, knowledgeable member of our team.

Why dental health is so important