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How Does Your Dental Hygiene Affect Your General Health?

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The fear of going to the dentist is a common phenomenon among Australians and it’s all too easy to put off having a check-up or getting that niggly tooth looked at until the last possible moment. What you might not realise is that your dental avoidance can impact the rest of your health in a number of surprising ways.

If you want to stay in top health and avoid developing a serious long-term medical condition like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, it’s important that you look after your teeth.

According to the Federal President of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), poor oral health has been linked with a number of chronic, long-term diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Regular trips to the dentist are the best way to avoid any dental hygiene related health problems, but for many people the fear of financial pain from a dentist visit is just as strong as their aversion to the drill.

Having the right dental cover on your health insurance can make those regular dentist visits far more palatable, at least on your wallet. General guidelines state that you should visit the dentist every six months although this can vary depending on the condition of your gums and teeth. If your teeth or gums are in poor condition, you may need to go more often for a check-up or clean.

Dental problems are 90% preventable

While they can have long-term implications for your health if left unchecked, an estimated 90% of dental problems are preventable with appropriate oral care and regular check-ups.

When we think of dental problems, tooth decay is often the first thing to spring to mind. While the rate of tooth decay among Australian children used to be relatively low, in the last couple of decades it has crept up. Drinking fluoridated water is believed to help, along with the use of fluoride toothpaste, flossing and good brushing techniques.

Gum disease is another common issue among Australians and there are a few things we can do to reduce the risk of developing a gum problem. While some medications can reduce the flow of saliva and make people more prone to gum disease, a common culprit is lifestyle, especially smoking and consuming a lot of sugary foods.

If you want to maintain your health and wellbeing over the long term, regular dental visits are a must. Make sure your health insurance covers you for dental treatment so you can be confident that you can afford the care you need to keep yourself and your family healthy for years into the future.

To help find your perfect private health insurance, Choosewell can ask you the right questions, compare policies and get you on great health insurance cover. Give us a call on 1300 421 154 or request a call back for a free health insurance comparison.

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