Looking after our teeth and oral health is important for our appearance, our self-confidence and even our career prospects. It is also vital to look after our oral health as it relates closely to the state of our general health. For example, gum disease can complicate diabetes, gum disease is linked to higher risk of low-birthweight babies and dental infections have been associated with increased risk of pneumonia. These are but a few of the examples of how oral health has implications for general health. With studies suggesting that between 60-90 percent of school children havecavities and gum disease being found in 20 percent of 35-44 year olds, it is clear that more must be done in order to improve oral health around the world.
This infographic from DervlaLeavy Dental Careaims to increase awareness on the negative effects of poor oral health, while also focusing on how systemic disease impacts oral health. We hope to educate and inform on how to decrease the burden of oral diseases.