Poor dental health means poor general health

There are distinct links between the health of your teeth and your general health


We all remember our parents drilling into us that we need to brush our teeth before we go to bed. Hopefully this has engrained a strict oral hygiene routine in your life and you still have a healthy set of natural teeth that are both hygienic and look beautiful. Having hygienic teeth is not just a recommendation; it is a necessity when combatting various periodontal diseases as well as preventing general health complications. Dr Martha Cortes of Cortes Advanced Dentistry in Manhattan is here to help you advance your dental hygiene regime and improve the health of your pearly whites.

Bad oral hygiene can cause a myriad of complications in the body

By not maintaining a strict and rigorous oral health regime you are putting your body and mind at risk of various complications including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Bone Loss
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lung Complications
  • Obesity
  • Sleep Apnea
  • TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)

These are all very serious health conditions which can affect your quality of life and even cause death in some cases. Oral cancer is also another common issue which can be caused by ignorance to dental hygiene. Oral cancer can occur with symptoms such as lumps in the mouth, cheek or throat as well as tooth decay, gum bleeding and pain.

Drop the cigarettes and tobacco to increase your health

Tobacco and alcohol have been found to be common contributors to the occurrence of oral cancer. According to a recent study 42,000 people in America will be diagnosed with oral cancer or pharyngeal cancer In this year alone. Out of these 42,000 it is said that 19% of individuals will die, as oral cancer kills approximately one person every 60 minutes. Tobacco not only puts you at risk of death in more ways than one it can also compromise the overall look of your teeth including an increased risk of tooth decay and a yellowed or discolored tooth complexion.

How do I maintain my oral health?

Maintaining your oral health is relatively simple. The easiest ways to maintain or improve your dental hygiene is to brush your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist at Martha Cortes Advanced Dentistry at least twice a year. You should also refrain from using your teeth as ‘tools’ which can cause them to wear down in a similar way to grinding. If you notice anything abnormal about your teeth such as pain, crookedness or functional problems please visit our dental practice in Manhattan, New York for a check-up.

Another significant dental complication that can affect your dental health is sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is most commonly caused by an obstruction of the airway. This obstruction involves excess throat tissue blocking the airways which makes it difficult to breathe causing snoring, gasping and choking while asleep. Throat tissue can sometimes rest in the wrong position while you’re asleep due to incorrect oral posture which can be trained with the use of one of our DNA appliances. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Martha Cortes. You can also purchase a hardcover of her book to learn more about the health implications that sleep apnea can cause.

If you are interested in finding out more about Cortes Advanced Dentistry’s sleep apnea and dental hygiene practices please do not hesitate to contact us.

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