Oral health corresponds with physical health. For example, there is a relationship between oral health and type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of gum disease. The other way round, advanced gum disease negatively affects blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. There is also scientific evidence that oral health is linked to rheumatoid arthritis, chronic renal failure, obesity and complications with pregnancy such as premature birth and low weight at birth (NMT, 2014). Poor oral health also has an effect on mental health. People with bad teeth are more likely to suffer from depression.
Self-care and visits to a dentist are important
For good oral health, it is important to take good care of your teeth, to pay attention to the number of times you eat and drink during the day and to the food that you eat. It is also important to have regular check ups with a dentist and have problems treated in time. It is also important for children to go to the dentist once or twice a year. Dentists monitor children’s oral health and can intervene early on if there are cavities. Going to the dentist twice a year helps prevent your children from developing a fear of going to the dentist. When children get older, the recommended time between check-ups is based on any existing cavities and the likelihood of these developing (KNMT, 2013).