Sometimes it’s easy to slip when it comes to your daily dental hygiene. It may feel that the health of your mouth is not all that important. If you’re a person who drinks water, exercises, and takes good care of yourself, you might think it’s ok to be more relaxed about your oral health. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Oral Health and Your Overall Health
A Healthy Heart
Healthy teeth and gums affect more than just your smile. A lack of dental health has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Endocarditis is an infection of the lining of your heart that could spread from bacteria in the mouth. Oral problems can also result in clogged arteries and possibly lead to a stroke.
A Healthy Baby
Studies have shown that there is a link between periodontitis of pregnant mothers and low birth weight in babies. Babies born to mothers who have this severe form of gum disease are more likely to be born prematurely.
Health Problems that Affect Oral Health
Being diagnosed with diabetes means you’re more likely to have inflamed and bleeding gums. Gum disease and cavities can be problematic for those with diabetes, so taking extra care of the mouth is extremely important.
A lack of bone density caused by osteoporosis or osteopenia can lead to oral bone loss or tooth loss.
HIV and other diseases that compromise the immune system can lead to mouth lesions and sores.
Deteriorating oral wellness has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. Those who have it may suffer cavities, gum disease, or infection more than those who don’t.
We want you to be diligent about the hygiene of your teeth. Don’t take your health for granted. Think about your wellness holistically. Include a brushing and flossing daily with your health practices. Always let us know when problems arise, and be sure to maintain regularly scheduled dental visits.