Can health be affected by teeth?
Our mouths are the entry to our bodies and what happens there can have a drastic affect on our overall general health. In a nutshell, having a healthy mouth can help us all live longer. So the reverse of this outrageous statement is that an unhealthy mouth associated with unhealthy teeth can decrease our life expectancy. Now here is the scary bit - most often when our teeth and gums are unhealthy we don’t even know. Why? Because there is no soreness or discomfort. Yes, that is correct - sick teeth and gums do not cause pain until the problem has gone too far. Dr Simon Wenley of The Dentists wants to see you before things get to the painful stage - “Find the problem early and treat it small,” he says. In these difficult economic times it is all too easy to defer maintenance. We all know what the consequences of that are for our car. Failed warrant of fitness is one consequence. The consequences on our health for failed oral fitness can be dramatic. Dental disease may start in the mouth but it can become a serious disease for the entire body. Studies have shown that moderate to severe gum disease can increase the severity of heart attack by a much as 25 percent, stroke by as much as a factor of 10, respiratory disease, digestive disease and low birth weight. Tooth decay is painless. It is an infectious disease that can spread from person to person. It is caused by having a mouth full of bad bacteria and a diet that the bad germs like. Dentistry now has the tools get rid of the bad germs and encourage the growth of the good bacteria. Don’t use the state of the economy as an excuse not to make that dental visit. Dr Wenley is also one of the growing number of dentists who are amalgam free, amalgam safe and a member of the International Association of Mercury Free Dentists. Dr Wenley has a state of the art dental practice with laser technology and Cerec Cad cam technology, to match his skills and years of experience and passion for the job he loves - helping people have healthy mouths and teaching how that can be achieved. For an appointment please, phone 625 1411. Visit www.dentalwellness4u.com and www. dentalman.co.nz.
Dental team: Pictured are Dr Simon Wenley, dental nurse Rukmani Nair, left, and receptionist Jennifer Partridge.