Your oral health is more important than you might realize. Get the facts about how the health of your mouth, teeth and gums can affect your general health.
There is growing evidence indicating that your oral health also affects the rest of your body. Periodontitis (gum tissue disease) seems to be associated with several other health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Like many areas of your body, your mouth is full of bacteria – most of them luckily harmless. Normally your body’s natural defenses and good oral healthcare, such as daily brushing and flossing, help keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might leed to oral infections such as tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease).
Also, certain medications like decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants can reduce your saliva flow causing a dry mouth. Your saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.
Your oral health might contribute to various disease and conditions including:
Your body’s general health might also affect your oral health:
Because of these potential links it is very important to tell is if you take any medications or have had any changes in your overall health. Especially if you have had any recent illnesses or you have a chronic condition such as diabetes. This is also the reason why you might find our health history much more thorough than most other dental offices.
The best thing that you can do yourself is:
Contact us as soon as an oral health problem arises. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.