Good oral health is important to overall health and wellbeing.
A healthy mouth has a positive impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing. The health of our teeth and mouth is linked to overall health and wellbeing in a number of ways.
Poor oral health can affect a person's quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. These oral health problems can reduce a person's quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social wellbeing.
There is also an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low birth-weight babies.
Dental care is important because it can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, while improving overall health.
See the following links for information about common dental health conditions and ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Adults dental care
- Chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients - Dental care
- Childrens dental care
- Dental care - oral piercing
- Dental care - smoking and your mouth
- Dental care during pregnancy
- Dental emergencies, what you need to know and do
- Dental erosion
- Dental extractions
- Dental Health Week
- Diabetes and Dental Care
- Drugs and oral health - Dental Care
- Fluoride and dental care
- Gum disease (gingivitis)
- Hepatitis C and Dental Care
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Dental Care
- Medications and your oral health (Dry mouth - xerostomia)
- Orthodontic dental treatment
- Spit out toothpaste, but don't rinse
- Your oral health