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A whole new approach has been taken in the last decade concerning the link between your dental health and overall health. Many don’t know the impact of having a healthy smile versus an unhealthy one that has disease or infection, ultimately leading to inflammation and health conditions.

Known as the “gateway to the body,” your mouth’s health and care are vital to helping avoid harm to your body. Inflammation is one of the larger risks and is the body’s natural response to injury, genetics, infections or foreign bodies. It’s a main facilitator for tissue repair, so it’s something we need to heal, but it’s also a sign for oral distress if your body is not healing.

Some signs of inflammation include:

– Swelling
– Loss of function in the mouth or jaw
– Difficulty speaking, eating or chewing
– An uncomfortable amount of heat
– Redness
– Pain or discomfort

There are two types of inflammation that can occur: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation heals after a short period of time, and the swelling is normal and is gone after a few days. Chronic inflammation is what you have to look out for when it comes to your health. This is when long-lasting inflammation can contribute to health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. It can even be a sign of cancer.

Chronic inflammation can be caused by periodontal (gum) disease, blisters, canker sores, dentures that don’t fit well and injuries like cuts, bites or loosened teeth. If you don’t take care of your dental health and see your dentist every six months, you run the risk of inflammation, which can later turn into the cause for heart disease, stroke or diabetes.

Some tips to help avoid these problems include:

– Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day
– Regular exercise
– Healthy diet
– A set sleep schedule
– Attend your biannual visits to the dentist
– Discuss with your doctor your risks

Our team will evaluate your dental health by looking for symptoms or sores, ask questions about your dental habits and lifestyle, and even run a DNA test to check for related pathogens. We can determine a solution from this evaluation and recommend treatment to help your smile and overall health by looking at all of these factors as well as your genetics.

The best solution is to come in early for treatment, so we can discover the problem early on. If you have questions and concerns, please give our team a call today. We will be happy to help you find the best treatment for your smile.