maintaining good oral health for good optimal health

Maintaining Good Oral Health for Good Optimal Health

There are a number of health-related reasons besides good oral health to regularly visit a dentist. The condition of your teeth and gums can be an indicator to underlying health conditions. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Heart disease and periodontitis are two health issues where poor oral health may increase your risk.
  • Issues with your teeth and gums can be a pointer to other health problems such as diabetes and HIV.
  • Saliva is important in washing away bacteria in the mouth, but some medications reduce levels of saliva produced.

“This lack of saliva can cause food and bacteria in your mouth to stick around for awhile, and lead to more mouth, teeth, and gum infections. Not good. If you are on medication that can cause less saliva, it’s best to brush more and also discuss the issue with your dentist.” 

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.