How Can My Oral Hygiene Affect My Overall Health?
August 1st, 2018
Did you know that your oral hygiene affects more than your oral health? Researchers have uncovered a synergic relationship between oral health and overall wellness. While most people understand that inadequate dental care will likely result in cavities, only a few realize that other, more serious health problems often arise from poor oral care! Caring for your mouth will help keep you feeling vibrant and enjoying a healthy smile for years to come!
Oral Hygiene and Overall Health
The human mouth is filled with many bacteria, some of which contribute to the development of tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease). Periodontal disease has been linked to many illnesses including heart disease, diabetic complications, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, elevated risk of having a stroke, and more.
Ongoing inflammation in the mouth due to gum disease may allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which can, in turn, lead to inflammation in other parts of the body. Taking care of your gums and teeth will potentially prevent many serious illnesses from developing or progressing.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Maintain a healthy diet, limit snacks between meals, and refrain from smoking and chewing tobacco. If you think you may have a dry mouth, talk to us about how to manage the symptoms. Too little saliva in the mouth can result in tooth decay and gum disease developing.
Make sure to establish meticulous oral hygiene practices including brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and keeping up with routine dental checkups and cleanings. If you notice any problems between your regular visits, make sure to contact our office and come in for prompt treatment to prevent any condition from progressing. Keeping your mouth in tip-top shape will reflect on your overall health and wellness!
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Visit us at Avalon Dental Care to learn more about how to maintain your optimal oral health. We are here to offer quality preventative dentistry care for all your dental needs at our state-of-the-art dental office. Our highly trained and compassionate staff is committed to helping you keep your smile healthy for years to come!