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Healthy mouth, healthy heart

29 September, 2016

Today is World Heart Day and increasingly, studies are linking oral health to general health and wellbeing, with a recent particular focus on cardiovascular diseases.

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What does the health of your mouth have to do with your overall health? In a word, plenty. A look inside your mouth can tell your dentist volumes about what’s going on inside your body.

We often take our oral health for granted, and many people don’t even think about it until pain strikes. Keeping your teeth clean isn’t just about presenting the world with a beautiful smile! The condition of your mouth is actually a gateway to the health of your entire body, with over 300 diseases detectable in the mouth. Recently, research published in the Journal of Dental Research, found that people with untreated tooth infections are 2.7 times more likely to have cardiovascular problems and as cardiovascular diseases contribute to nearly a third of all deaths globally, the Oral Health Foundation is highlighting the importance of seeing a dentist regularly.*

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Preventative dental care and the benefits it can bring to many aspects of life, are at the heart of what we do. Our Find a Dentist tool means employees have convenient access to a dentist located close to their work place, while our Denplan Discount Network means we have a network of almost 2,000 dentists offering extra discounts.

Keeping dentally fit really isn’t that difficult or expensive and it can make a huge difference in how people feel about themselves. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand, reducing the risk of serious disease in later life. The suggestion is simple: by improving our oral health, we can be less susceptible to other diseases. For more tips and information on links between oral health and general wellbeing, download our 2016 Smileguide.

To find out more about dental plans from Denplan, call us on 01962 827 008.

*http://www.dentistry.co.uk/2016/09/28/untreated-tooth-infections-increase-heart-disease-risk/

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