Your teeth are more than just a tool for charming your way out of a speeding ticket. While a stunning grin might be serious social currency, there’s more to healthy teeth than meets the eye. Did you know that your dental health is linked to gastrointestinal problems, sleep problems and heart problems. The plaque that build up on your teeth is the same kind of substance that builds up on unhealthy hearts, so it makes sense to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Here are three ways your teeth can affect your health…

Stomach Problems

A misaligned jaw can cause problems with chewing that can lead to gastrointestinal upset without you even knowing. If you regularly have stomach upsets, it may be caused by jaw problems. If you can’t chew your food properly, it will make tough work for your stomach leading to all sorts of problems, including acid reflux. The solution? Get rid of any fears you have about dentists and get yourself fitted with adult braces. Braces have changed a lot since you were a kid, and you can now get invisible braces  that are virtually undetectable.

Sleep problems

If you suffer from sleep apnea, this might be caused by a misaligned bite which can also be fixed with braces. A private dentist  will be able to tell you if this is the cause of your sleep apnea. Many people struggle to diagnose sleep apnea simply because it happens while they are sleeping, so if you wake up feeling poorly rested every morning, it might be worth investigating if this is your problem.

Heart problems

No many people know that gum disease can lead to heart disease. It seems crazy, but the plaque that builds up on your teeth can lead to heart problems. The  link  isn’t fully understood yet, but there is evidence that people with heart problems also suffer from poor hygiene. It is thought that bacteria from the oral cavity spreads around the body and worsens other inflammatory conditions, including heart disease.

In 2017, I’m pledging to get an A+ from my dentist and make sure I brush and floss twice a day, go for regular checkups and make sure I visit the oral hygienist regularly. This shouldn’t be too difficult as I have a great private dentist in Warrington who makes the whole process a breeze.