How important is a dentist in protecting your health?

You may be more familiar with the role of our dentist Dublin in caring for your teeth, but did you know that professional dental care has significant benefits for your general health too? When patients visit us at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, they are often surprised by how much our dentist Dublin can tell about their general health from the state of their oral health.


Patients often fail to realise that the mouth is the direct entry point into the body and that what happens in the mouth often has wider implications for physical health.

Once you begin to appreciate the interconnectedness of the mouth and body, you will see the merits of visiting our dentist Dublin more often.

Why you need to protect dental health

If you stop to think about it, all the functions you rely on a healthy mouth for inevitably impact the quality of life you have. You need adequate nutrition to keep the body strong and functioning and for this, you need to eat. You need your speech to effectively communicate with others to work or play and for this, you need stable healthy teeth. And you need your smile to be pleasing to support your confidence.

Good oral health often means a reduced chance of dental emergencies interrupting your daily routine. Pain resulting from a dental emergency can be severe enough to interfere with your ability to do everyday things like sleep, eat, work, focus and relax.

Regular trips to the dentist for tooth and gum checks are vital to protecting mouth health and function, but also in keeping the body healthy and mind happy. What links poor oral health with serious medical conditions is the bad oral bacteria found in the mouth. The destructive influence of these harmful microorganisms is a serious threat and can cause life-threatening medical complications.

Scientists have, for some time now, known the adverse consequences of dental conditions such as periodontitis on physical health. Studies have examined the effects of advanced gum disease on the body. What was discovered was that bad oral bacteria, originating in the mouth, were able to escape and enter the bloodstream via the deep pockets created between gums and teeth.

Once in the bloodstream, these harmful pathogens would clog blood vessels in the cardiovascular system inhibiting blood flow. As gum disease is also an inflammatory condition it is no surprise then that the disease-causing bacteria also triggers inflammation in other parts of the body like the lungs.

Heart disease, strokes, pneumonia, bronchitis, dementia, Alzheimer’s and diabetes complications have all been linked with the bacteria responsible for gum disease.

Many people cite the fear of dental costs as the reason for avoiding dental appointments. The reality is that foregoing dental care invariably leads to dental problems – the longer you avoid treatment, the worse the problem gets. The price tag of treating complex dental problems is comparably higher than preventive dentistry. What is more is that treatment plans are of longer duration too.

Don’t wait for dental diseases to manifest themselves and ruin your routine. Tackle issues before they arise and protect your smile with our professional dental care available at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms.