When you think about your oral health, do you ever consider that it could also affect your overall health? In fact, the two are very closely related. Here, we’ll explain the link between oral health and overall health.
The Link Between Oral Health & Overall Health
Think of your mouth as a window to the rest of your body. Because it’s the initial entry point, it also acts as one of the first defenses against illness and infection. Therefore, when your oral health is poor, the rest of your body can suffer negative consequences.
For example, if you do not maintain good oral healthcare habits of brushing and flossing every day, the bad bacteria that is in your mouth can cause serious dental issues such as bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. These oral health issues can contribute to heart disease, respiratory infections, acne, increased blood sugar levels, systemic inflammation, and possibly even dementia. Additionally, tooth loss from diseased gums and teeth can contribute to poor self-esteem.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. The bacteria from diseased gums can make its way into your bloodstream and travel all the way to your heart’s arteries, contributing to atherosclerosis. In this condition, the coronary arteries harden and develop plaque buildup, which decreases (and can even block) blood flow through the body, thereby increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Breathing in the bacteria from diseased gums and teeth can contribute to pneumonia and infections in your lungs. If you experience a severe toothache, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, loose adult teeth, or any unusual discharge or pus in your mouth, contact our team as soon as possible for professional evaluation and treatment!
Healthy Teeth Contribute to a Healthy Body!
Maintaining good oral health will help you to achieve and maintain superb overall body wellness. We recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing at least once a day, drinking plenty of water, consuming a balanced diet, and visiting us twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!