Mining is a dirty job. It is one that is full of potential health hazards. But what you don’t know about your dental health can hurt you. That is why we have composed this collection of information to show you what miners need to know about their dental health.
Visiting the Abbotsford dental clinic can help ensure that your oral health is maintained. Dr. Kareem Nada is passionate about all kinds of dental practices. He has expertise and is constantly expanding his knowledge of dentistry by attending study clubs, conventions, and various courses. He’s a great resource for miners looking to learn more about how their dental health can affect the rest of their lives.
Shocking Connections to Physical Health and Oral Health
Most people understand that taking care of teeth ensures that teeth stay attractive and remain able to do their job. However, there are some shocking connections to physical health and oral health. You probably are unaware of the fact that caring for your teeth can impact your brain and heart as well. So, here are some ways that your oral health can affect your overall health:
- Stroke: Your risk of stroke is increased if you are missing all, or even some, of your teeth. Chances of stroke are higher if you have lost a decent amount of tissue and bone around your teeth. In fact, severe periodontitis can make it more probable that atherosclerotic plaque will develop and that can actually cause heart attacks and strokes. Click this to learn more about the prevention of stroke.
- Heart Disease: Gum infections and long term periodontitis can lead to atherogenesis or heart disease. Atherogenesis is a condition that results from the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Shocking research shows that the risk for heart disease is doubled in people with gum disease. Learn more about atherogenesis.
- Kidney Disease: Toothless adults have been shown to be at greater risk for the development of chronic kidney disease. There is a link between this health malady and poor oral health. And if you didn’t know, kidney disease can affect bone health and blood pressure, or ultimately lead to heart disease and kidney failure.
- Diabetes: Though they are not certain how, researchers agree that periodontal disease affects metabolism. And, this has the potential to lead to a condition in which higher than normal levels of blood glucose occur. This is called pre-diabetes. There are other implications for people with Type 2 diabetes. You can read about them here.
- Pregnancy Complications: There is an increased risk of delivering a low birth weight, or pre-term, baby when the mother has periodontal disease. It is recommended that pregnant women with gum disease ensure that they make regular appointments with a periodontist. This is because studies show that therapy of this nature can help reduce the risk.
- Mental Health Issues: As if working in the mines isn’t enough to drive you crazy, bad oral care can play a part. A strong relationship exists between stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, distress, and mental health problems and the condition of your oral health. Perhaps they are all interrelated, as the increase in cortisol being produced in people with those emotional issues can contribute to the progression of periodontal disease.
Hopefully it is clear to you now, that as much protection as you give your body from external factors in the mine, a similar intensity of focus should be given to your teeth.