Dental hygiene goes beyond brushing twice a day and the occasional visit to the dentist, according to experts.
Speaking to body+soul magazine, Sydney-based holistic dental surgeon Dr Nader Malik explained that the state of our mouth can often indicate other health issues such as acid reflux or the risk of heart disease.
"The teeth and the entire mouth give us important clues as to what may be happening in a person's body," Dr Malik told the News Limited source yesterday (January 24).
According to the dental surgeon, signs of diabetes include inflamed gums or a dry mouth.
While a lack of saliva can often be a side effect of some medications, it may also be the result of
dehydration or nerve problems.
Teeth grinding – also known as bruxism – can be triggered by stress and anxiety, but more importantly it can also mean a nutritional deficiency or disorders such as Huntington's and Parkinson's.
Oral health and regular check-ups are essential to Australians of all ages and adults may find the health service more accessible through private health insurance.
The costs of an examination – including diagnostic oral examinations and consultations – as well as preventive measures such as the removal of plaque may be covered by some private health policies.