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Thursday 21 May 2015

The Value of Good Oral Hygiene

Value for Health?

How much do you spend on a haircut, getting your nails done, a night out, or a round of golf? You maybe go out for a night or play golf weekly, or have your hair cut every 6-8 weeks….

These things make us feel better but don’t have much effect on our health, if we were to compare the cost of these items, things that we ‘want’ rather than ‘need’ to the price we are prepared to pay for good health, what would the value for health be?

A hygienist appointment is currently £55 for 30 minutes; some may not feel this is worth it. It depends on what value you put on health.

Did you know more adults lose their teeth from gum disease, not tooth decay?

Did you know that poor oral health and gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, prostate inflammation, low birth-weight babies & miscarriages? These are just a few conditions that we are currently aware of. Gum disease also makes controlling diabetes much harder. Of course, you can also lose your teeth.

You wouldn't want any of these conditions, and would probably do everything you could to reduce your risk.

The bacteria around our teeth and gums have a direct link to our blood, which has a direct link to all other parts of the body.

The hygienist can remove the plaque and calculus which harbour these bacteria and show you ways to keep them to a minimum.

Keeping these bacteria to a minimum means less of them to get into your blood stream, and a reduced risk from some fairly major conditions.

Taking all of that into account, the cost of a hygienist appointment and what they can do for you seem pretty good value, maybe visiting the hygienist twice a year is pretty good value for health after all!

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