Many people do not realize how closely oral health is related to overall health. In fact, good oral health is essential to your general health and well-being. A look inside your mouth is like a roadmap for the rest of your body. It can alert your dentist to underlying illnesses you may not even be aware of.
Your Mouth and Your Health
Problems inside the mouth can affect the rest of the body and vice versa. The mouth is full of millions of bacteria, most of which are harmless. These bacteria are kept under control with brushing, flossing and other oral hygiene habits. Many of these bacteria form the plaque that builds up in the mouth. If left to run rampant, they can cause many problems beyond gum disease and tooth loss. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the mouth and cause issues in other parts of the body.
For example, research shows a strong correlation between gum disease and diabetes. When diabetes is treated, oral health seems to improve. Subsequently, when gum disease is treated in diabetic patients, the need for insulin may be reduced. So, an unhealthy mouth can increase your risk for serious health problems down the road. Additionally, many chronic or systemic issues first manifest with oral symptoms.
Your Dentist and Oral Health
Your dentist is specially trained to notice specific details that may be symptoms of bigger problems. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups are essential to your oral and general health. Good oral hygiene can prevent bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and so much more. It can also help you stay healthy. Research continues to show how closely oral health is linked to general health and well-being.
If you struggle with issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, call our office today. Things of this nature should be treated quickly and should never become regular occurrences because they can have a negative effect on your overall health. Our highly trained staff is always happy to go the extra mile to give our patients a healthy smile.