The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health

african american man in dental chair asking dentist about link between dental oral health

Having a healthy mouth is not just about having a beautiful smile. Your oral health is also an indicator of your overall health. In fact, your oral health can impact your overall health. We dental professionals understand the synergic relationship between the health of your mouth and the health of your body. You may be surprised to learn that the most common dental issue in Americans – gum disease – is connected to other illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, and even osteoporosis.

How is this so? Well, if your gums bleed when you brush, the problem is inflammation in your gum tissue. Inflammation will “build up” in your blood, worsening other health conditions you may have. Folks who suffer from gum disease may also have a build-up of plaque in their arteries. This can cause serious, even life-threatening, problems. The link between your oral health and overall health cannot be ignored, which is why dentists are so adamant about your checkups and professional teeth cleanings.

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

The body has natural defenses that keep bacteria under control. But brushing and flossing daily is also important for keeping these bacteria levels manageable. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, the bacteria levels in your mouth may get so high that you start to develop oral infections, including gum disease and tooth decay. Most dental issues can be prevented with proper oral hygiene maintenance.

Stay Healthy

Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene will cause cavities, gum disease, and even bad breath. However, did you know that not brushing your teeth could also have consequences? A bad brushing routine can lead to much more serious illnesses. Poor dental hygiene and gum disease can increase your risk for heart disease, pancreatic cancer, and even Alzheimer’s.

Don’t slack on brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleanings. Call us today to schedule an appointment, and keep your mouth, and whole body, healthy and disease-free!

We can’t wait to see your beautiful smile. Call us now!

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