Dental professionals agree that your oral health is strongly linked to your overall health. This makes it imperative to visit your dentist on the recommended sixth month basis. At these routine checkups, your dentist can reveal areas of concern that you may not even know you have. Not all oral health conditions are obvious. Silent threats to your oral health, such as beginning stages gum disease, small areas of decay or minor cracks in your teeth, can greatly compromise your total body health if not treated in a timely manner. Evidence of excess plaque buildup and harmful bacteria can absolutely affect more than your smile.
Is your mouth clean? Or are you at risk for the following:
Heart Disease and Stroke
Multiple studies suggest that when plaque and bacteria are allowed to accumulate in our mouths, the risk for dangerous inflammation elsewhere in the body is increased. Gum disease is an infection that can enter the bloodstream. It has proven to be directly linked to clogged arteries, stroke, and heart disease.
If you are pregnant, you have an even greater responsibility to stay on top of your oral health. Moms-to-be are especially vulnerable to gum disease due to changing and rising hormones. If left untreated, gum disease can cause babies to be born prematurely and at dangerously low birth weights.
Poor Diabetes Management
The relationship between diabetes and dental health is a two-way street. It has been found that diabetics who have uncontrolled gum disease will have a more difficult time managing their blood sugar levels. The reverse is also true. By keeping your mouth clean, you’ll be able to avoid volatile fluctuations in blood glucose and keep your diabetes condition more stable.
Did you know that brushing and flossing regularly can help protect you from brain deterioration? It is possible for the harmful bacteria in your mouth to travel to your brain and affect its function. Recent research suggests this could lead to the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are concerned about the impact that your oral health could have on your total body health, please give us a call at Salt Run Dentistry. We consider it a privilege to care for your teeth as well as your overall wellbeing.
Salt Run Family Dentistry
St. Augustine, FL 32080