Mind, body, mouth: It’s all connected

From August 7th to 13th, 2023, Dental Health Week (DHW) will be held.

DHW stands as the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) primary yearly campaign dedicated to promoting oral health. It is scheduled annually during the initial complete week of August.

This initiative underscores the significance of adopting measures to maintain the well-being of your teeth and gums, ensuring their longevity and preserving a confident smile throughout your life.

In the current year, DHW’s emphasis revolves around the intricate connection between oral health and overall bodily health.

Notable connections exist between oral ailments and various systemic diseases. Microorganisms present in the mouth can migrate to different parts of the body, while oral inflammation can contribute to overall bodily inflammation. Six medical conditions have been investigated for their associations with oral health:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Diabetes
  3. Alzheimer’s Disease
  4. Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
  5. Lung Conditions
  6. Inflammatory Bowel Disease