How Your Oral Health Affects the Overall Health of Your Body
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Bisson Dentistry
You have probably heard that your oral health is critical to the overall health of your body. Dentistry is more than just making sure your cavities are filled, and your teeth are clean. Sometimes we are the first ones who detect an underlying health condition that needs treatment.
If you think about it, it will make sense. The mouth is where everything starts. What you put in your mouth when you eat will result in a health or not so healthy body. If you eat junk food five days a week, you will see the results in your fitness level and overall health.
How Oral Health Affects Your Body
Having good oral health habits such as visiting us twice a year, brushing and flossing daily, and eating healthy foods is very important for a healthy body. If you don't take care of your teeth, you could suffer from conditions that not only affect your mouth but can have severe consequences for the rest of your body.
For example, allowing a tooth infection such as an abscess to develop without seeking treatment can be life-threatening. Also, if you are a smoker and you don't come to see us regularly, you are at an increased risk for oral cancer.
Moreover, many other conditions can be the result of not receiving regular dental exams. Such is the case for gum disease which can put you at a higher risk for diabetes and make the condition more difficult to treat because of blood sugar control disruption.
The same goes for cardiovascular disease which could be the result of gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. Some studies suggest that inflammation in the gums may also cause inflammation in other parts of the body including arteries. Finally, severe cases of gum disease could contribute to preterm deliveries in pregnant women.
As you can see, your oral health affects the overall health of your body and in many cases promote serious illnesses. Please call us to make an appointment for your next dental examination now.
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