You know that taking care of your teeth and gums is imperative to keep your teeth and gums healthy – but a healthy mouth can may help you avoid many additional, and serious medical disorders.
Researchers have linked gum disease, to an increased risk of serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, and poorly controlled diabetes.
Your mouth is a window into what’s going on in the rest of your body. Doctors often examine the mouth to detect early signs and symptoms of systemic disease — a disease that affects or pertains to your entire body, not just one of its parts. Systemic conditions such as AIDS or diabetes, for example, often first become apparent as mouth lesions or other oral problems. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms.
Practicing good dental hygiene; brushing and flossing at least 2x a day, regular dental check-ups and cleanings, can help you avoid gum disease.
Gum disease is basically a chronic bacterial infection. This bacteria at times can make it’s way into your bloodstream. If you have a healthy immune system, your body will quickly dispense the bacteria, preventing infection. However, if your immune system is weakened, for example because of poor health, disease or cancer treatment, oral bacteria in your bloodstream (bacteremia) may cause you to develop an infection in another part of your body.
A compelling case for good dental hygiene habits
If you didn’t already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, the relationship between your oral health and your overall health provides even more. Practice good oral hygiene every day and come see us at least twice a year.
Remember, proper dental hygiene is an investment in your overall health, not just for your immediate health, but also an investment in your future. Your future self will thank you!>