Unfit Men At Higher Risk Of Suffering Dental Emergencies

Although accidents do happen, a trauma to the mouth is something that sometimes simply cannot be avoided, it is safe to say that the majority of dental emergencies do not arise in an isolated situation. There is usually a lot that could have been done to prevent the emergency, and many times the options that are open to patients are not just ones that are relevant to oral health care, either. Frequently, the patients have overall conditions that make them more prone to emergencies, and one of these is being unfit or obese.                       


A study in Hannover, Germany has found that men who are unfit and do not exercise are up to 2-3 times more likely to develop serious periodontitis than men who exercise regularly. This evidence speaks volumes. It means that first of all a correlation is not just inferred, with numbers like these, it can be taken for granted that there is a causation between being unfit and developing periodontitis.

But what does this means for dental emergencies? It means that when you are unfit you have poorer oral health, and if you have poorer oral health, you are more likely to develop a condition that will turn into a dental emergency. 

A holistic approach

Even medical doctors- always the last to be convinced by experimental and esoteric thinking giving the extreme importance of pragmatism and safe practice in the ir trade- are starting to come around to the ideas put forth in holistic thought. In ayurvedic and holistic medicine, the body is treated as a unit. While this view may not strictly speaking be correct, it is certainly right about how the immune system works. There is just one immune system that caters ot all of the body, and from the point of view of the immune system, holistic medicine is spot on. This is why if you are unfit, and your immune system is weak and is constantly fighting off low level infections and is busy burning up saturated fats, it will not be able to combat bacteria that cause tooth decay and thus dental emergencies. It is these bacteria that cause periodontitis as well as gingivitis and a host of other gum diseases. 

Adopting a holistic approach would mean caring for yourself and seeing improved results in all areas of your life. To avoid dental emergencies, eat right, no sugary foods, practice proper at home oral health care, with brushing, flossing and mouthwash, and go to a dentist every six months for a check up. It is also important that you get plenty of exercise, spend at least some amount of time in the open air, give yourself time to de-stress, with either sports, meditation or books, and of course, give up smoking and drinking alcohol altogether. If you do these things, you may never need to go to a dentist for anything other than a check up ever again.