The direct link between ones oral and general health is widely recognised amongst the medical community, yet remains relatively unknown within the general population. As we age, although the necessity to maintain regular examinations with the dentist increases, our teeth are often neglected and pushed to the periphery. This is problematic because with age comes the increased chance of developing periodontal gum disease, caries disease and oral cancer, all of which can remain asymptomatic in their early stages.

Dr Ved Berani from Healthy Smiles Dental Group in Balckburn recognises this need for maintaining vigilance in our oral care and has extensive experience and a keen interested in preventive and restorative dentistry among and older population. Studies conducted in Brisbane and published in the Australian Dental Journal have displayed that 41% of residents of an aged care facility presented dental caries in their natural teeth. Moreover, 60% of residents suffered from periodontal disease and a staggering 93% displayed unsatisfactory oral hygiene with complaints of poor digestion, dry mouths and bad breath.

Dr Berani emphasises the importance of maintaining a system of six monthly appointments with your dentist as all of these conditions are easily preventable, especially with oral cancer now accounting for 6.5% of all cancer cases and more fatalities than cervical cancer . However if they are left unchecked these problems lead to an increased risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, stroke, respiratory conditions and heart disease.

At Healthy Smiles Dental Group Dr Berani and his team practice a highly preventive approach to dentistry, acting under a philosophy of preserving ones natural teeth. During a comprehensive examination, the staff at Healthy Smiles Dental Group take particular care to detect periodontal disease, caries and decay as well as conducting a full oral cancer screen. Dr Berani suggests that good oral health can be supplemented at home through regular brushing, flossing and a healthy diet as well as regular visits to your dentist.

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