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How dental health contributes to your overall health

How is dental health and general health connected?

You don’t have to look far to see just how deeply interconnected our oral health and general health can be. Take gum disease, for example. It’s the most common inflammatory condition in the world, and one our dentists and oral hygienists offer advice and treatment for on a daily basis.

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Did you know that there’s a noticeable link between gum disease, heart disease, diabetes and several kinds of respiratory issues? It’s a truly fascinating example of how our oral health can signpost what’s going on elsewhere in your body.

Patients living with diabetes are prone to gum disease – the two often go hand in hand. Oral health professionals and scientists researching diabetes have long since recognised a synergy between the two. When diabetes is treated, the symptoms of gum disease are often less prevalent.

Usually, our body’s natural defences and proactive oral health care, such as brushing and flossing every day, are enough to keep bacteria in check. However, when proper oral hygiene isn’t maintained, bacteria can easily reach levels that cause issues including gum disease and tooth decay. When gums are inflamed as a result of such problems, harmful bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect our respiratory health, organ functions and all other aspects of our wellbeing.

A holistic approach to health with Bupa Smile Plan

Wellbeing isn’t just about your physical health and oral health – there’s a far bigger picture to consider. Your mental health is deeply connected to your overall wellbeing, and we’re committed to removing the stress and anxiety so many people feel when it comes to visiting their dentist.

On the one hand, this means ensuring our dental professionals are trained and fully competent when it comes to treating anxious patients, putting them at ease with expertise, knowledge and a kind, considerate approach. On the other, it means keeping your financial wellbeing in mind by making paying for your regular dental care as easy and manageable as possible.

We want to clear every obstacle in your path to a healthier and happier smile, because we know that great dental health is a key aspect of excellent overall health.

Bupa Smile Plan: your roadmap to wellbeing and great oral health

As we’ve seen, there are many reasons for attending regular check-ups at your dentist and staying on top of your oral health. Not only is it a great way to ensure your teeth and gums stay in tip-top condition, your dentist will also be able to provide advice or treatment regarding any early warning signs your mouth is showing.

Bupa Smile Plan is a straightforward subscription designed to make your life easier. It allows you to benefit from routine private dental care with your Bupa Dental practice, and includes check-ups, hygiene appointments and monitoring X-rays, with the costs spread equally across 12 monthly payments.

Not only does this make paying for your dental care easier and more manageable, it’s also a fantastic way to bring regular dental care and dental hygiene appointments into your monthly self-care schedule. You’ll even get 10% off selected private dental treatments, so your smile will be in the safest possible hands for less.


Find your local practice

Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Dental Care Limited. Registered in England and Wales No: 00478127. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW.

Oasis Dental Care Limited has a number of trading names including Bupa Dental Care. For a list of all our different trading names please follow this link.

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