June 28, 2019
According to the American Dental Association, your mouth’s well being is a window into your overall body’s health. Certain systemic diseases first show symptoms in the mouth and poor oral health can negatively affect additional parts of your body. While this may seem like a cause for concern, simply maintaining good oral hygiene can ensure your health. In this post, your dentist near Marble Falls explains the connection and what symptoms to look out for to keep your entire body healthy.
What’s the Connection?
There are multiple ways your mouth and body are linked, but bacteria are the root cause of almost every issue. Just like the rest of your body, your mouth is filled with countless bacteria. When these germs aren’t managed properly, they can affect your entire body.
The link between gum and heart disease may be the most well-known connection. As your gums become inflamed and infected, bacteria can enter your bloodstream and spread to your arteries, restricting blood flow to your heart. Medical experts have identified a specific bacterium, streptococcus sanguis, as the connection between the two diseases.
Your mouth acts as the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracks. When bacteria are able to run rampant, they can be pulled into your lungs. This results in pneumonia and other potentially life-threatening conditions.
Periodontitis (severe gum disease) has been identified as increasing a pregnant woman’s risk of delivering preterm and/or low birth-weight infants. Being pregnant can also increase your risk of developing gum disease or make the condition worse if you already suffer from it.
Lowered Immune System
Conditions that lower the body’s resistance to infection can make you more susceptible to oral infections. Diseases including diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV/AIDS and osteoporosis may first present themselves as gum disease or tooth decay.
How Can I Stay Healthy?
Practicing good oral hygiene benefits your entire body. Your routine should include these steps:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss and use fluoride mouthwash once a day
- Maintain a healthy diet with limited sugar consumption
- Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups
- Avoid tobacco use
Caring for your dental health is an investment in your overall health. If you believe that you have an oral health problem, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
About the Author
At Horseshoe Bay Dental, Dr. Gregory Sopel has almost 40 years of experience in oral healthcare. He combines compassion and clinical expertise to bring his patients the best care possible. Dr. Sopel is committed to service in every aspect of his life, which includes 27 years of military service. If you have further questions about oral health, he can be contacted through his website or at 830-598-5474.
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