HEALTH – Our teeth and our smile condition our life on many levels. Indeed, dental infection or an untreated loosening problem can induce or even worsen serious pathologies. It is, therefore, necessary to take care of it.
HEALTH – Our teeth and our smile condition our life on many levels. Indeed, dental infection or an untreated loosening problem can induce or even worsen serious pathologies. On the other hand, teeth can also have a role in aesthetics and be the cause of the first signs of aging by causing sagging of the face and accentuation of wrinkles. Finally, a smile not only impacts our well-being and our art of living but also our emotional relationships.
Importance of dental hygiene
The mouth is a privileged gateway likely to be the object of attack by numerous external agents. The respect of rigorous hygiene constitutes the approach of prevention par excellence which will make it possible to protect oneself against these attacks and thus to preserve our dental capital, and more generally our health.
Brushing the teeth (associated with the passage of interdental brushes and dental floss) constitutes an essential “job” to be carried out at least twice a day for two minutes. Its action will make it possible to regularly dislodge dental plaque which, by accumulating, will develop into tartar and attack the teeth (cavities) and its supporting tissues (periodontal disease).
Teeth and our health in general
Do you have digestive, circulatory, nervous, or allergic problems? Diabetes? Heart disease? Family stress? Do you smoke more than ten cigarettes a day? Are you prone to canker sores or herpes? Are you pregnant?
Don’t be surprised if your dentist asks you all of these questions during a consultation. It is important to know if your general health can affect your oral health and vice versa. Indeed, an untreated or badly treated dental infection can cause many diseases.
To better understand the relationship between the mouth and the different organs, it should be remembered that the nerve of the tooth is made up of blood vessels and nerve fibers. This living organ communicates, via the bloodstream, with the whole organism. During a dental infection, germs will be able to diffuse in the blood and reach the vital organs. This is the reason why we must prevent oral infections in order to protect ourselves from diseases at a distance.
Thus, different organs can potentially be affected by a dental infection:
– the heart, poor oral health combined with other risk factors (tobacco, alcohol, diabetes, a diet high in cholesterol, in particular) is likely to increase the occurrence of cardiovascular accidents.
– the sinuses, there is a close relationship between the teeth and the maxillary sinuses, to such an extent that an infection in certain teeth may cause sinusitis.
– the eyes, dental infection is likely to cause a distant diffusion of bacteria responsible for repetitive outbreaks of uveitis (inflammation of the middle coat of the eye which may manifest as loss of sight in some cases)
– muscles, all sports doctors agree that there is a close relationship between dental infection and muscle fatigue. Indeed, footballers have seen the signing of their contract canceled following a medical examination that detected dental infections likely to cause repeated pubalgia (painful infection of the pubis as well as neighboring muscles or tendons)
– transplanted organs, surgical intervention may be compromised by the presence of a dental infection, and may possibly endanger the patient’s life. Indeed, the placement of a prosthesis requires extreme vigilance so that the foreign body is not colonized by bacteria.
Note also that an untreated gum problem in pregnant women can greatly increase the risk of premature birth. Indeed, this phenomenon could be explained by the diffusion of bacteria and endotoxins present in the infected periodontium (supporting tissues of the tooth), towards the fetus through the blood circulation. As a result, this invasion of bacteria and toxins could lead to inflammation responsible for rupture of the water sac and uterine contractions thus causing premature labor.
Teeth and aesthetics
We live in a society where appearance occupies an important place, the search for perfection being more and more advanced. Aesthetics, therefore, take pride of place and the smile takes on its full dimension in this new quest. A harmonious smile will therefore necessarily contribute to the development of an individual, both on a personal level and at the level of his professional and emotional relationships. Conversely, a person complexed by his smile will tend to hide it and withdraw into himself. In this context, the smile becomes a real tool of communication and seduction, conditioning our relationship with others. It is, moreover, a preponderant element contributing to maintaining the balance of the face. Indeed,
Teeth and seduction
Smiling not only affects our well-being and our art of living, but also our emotional relationships.
Indeed, the teeth and the smile represent an important part of our intimacy; how would we want to cross this barrier to exploring the intimacy of a partner who displays a damaged or unsightly smile? Many patients admit to being held back in their romantic relationships because they are afraid that their partner’s tongue will detect cavities, voids or damaged teeth. Indeed, the tongue constitutes a very sensitive tactile organ capable of detecting the smallest details. In this context, to skip the amorous preliminary constituted by the kiss would amount to limiting our commitment to the intimate relationship.