Your oral health doesn’t just involve having healthy teeth and gums for a beautiful smile, but actually impacts your overall health as well. There is a link between your oral health and overall health!
The mouth is a host for bacteria that is mostly harmless, but some harmful oral bacteria can travel through your digestive and respiratory tracts leading to disease. Oral bacteria is controlled by your daily oral hygiene care, which is why you need to brush and floss as recommended to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. You also need healthy saliva flow to control oral bacteria as it rinses away food particles and neutralizes bacterial acids in the mouth. Staying well-hydrated with water and avoiding medications that lessen saliva production, like antidepressants, painkillers, decongestants, antihistamines, and diuretics also helps.
If oral bacteria is not controlled, it can cause inflammation in the gum tissue and the body, especially when it comes to advanced gum disease or periodontitis. If you have diabetes or HIV/AIDS, it can lessen your body’s resistance to infection, causing your gum disease to worsen.
Your Oral and Overall Health
Inflammation and infections from gum disease are linked to health problems, so please tell our dentist if you have had any of these medical conditions:
-Endocarditis (infection in your heart)
-Plaque buildup in the arteries leading to high blood pressure
-Premature birth and low infant birth weight
-Pneumonia or other respiratory diseases
See Your Dentist
Protect your smile from gum disease by brushing, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash daily, and see your dentist twice a year for routine dental visits. Dental cleanings and exams allow us to remove hardened plaque and tartar that you can’t remove at home. They also allow our dentist to check for developing problems like cavities and gum disease so they can be treated quickly and effectively. Working together we can reduce those oral bacterial infections to keep your mouth and body healthier. Now that’s something to smile about!