Good Oral Health for Improved Overall Health
Your regular dental visits to Stout Dentistry aren’t just about checking the health of your teeth, but also assessing your overall health. Good oral hygiene can prevent problems you’d expect, like gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. What you might not realize is that an unhealthy mouth can lead to more serious conditions like heart attack, stroke, or diabetes.
What Is the Link between Oral Health and My Overall Health?
Your mouth says a lot about your overall health and can act as a good starting place for detecting early signs and symptoms of disease. Without proper dental care like brushing and flossing, the normally harmless bacteria that live in your mouth can lead to oral infections like gum disease (periodontitis) and tooth decay.
Your saliva can tell a great deal about what is going on with the rest of your body with just one swab. Saliva can sometimes detect diabetes, various cancers, heart disease, and kidney disease. It is one of the body’s main mechanisms for washing away food and it contains antibodies that attack viral pathogens such as the common cold. It also contains enzymes that kill off harmful bacteria and protect against microbial invasions of the mouth that could lead to disease.
Why Regular Brushing and Flossing Are So Important
Twice daily brushing and flossing once per day prevent plaque build up. When plaque builds up along your gum line, it creates a perfect environment for bacteria to gather in the space between your gum and your teeth, causing gingivitis, which can ultimately lead to periodontitis.
Which Diseases are Linked to Poor Oral Health?
Long-term gum disease can lead to loss of teeth, and studies have also shown that other conditions can present due to a lack of poor oral health, including:
Oral inflammation caused by bacteria can lead to clogged arteries and blood clots.
Poor oral health has been linked to preterm deliveries and low birth weight.
Endocarditis is an infection on the inner lining of your heart caused when germs spread through the bloodstream and attach to damaged areas of the heart.
Chewing helps release enzymes to help you digest your food. If your mouth is infected, then problems can arise and lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive problems.
Maintaining Good Oral Health
Maintaining good oral health is quite easy and must be practiced on a daily basis.
- Brush twice daily, with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss one per day to remove the plaque between your teeth
- Replace your toothbrush every three months
- Eat a healthy diet high in vitamins like C and A that help fight tooth decay
- Avoid cigarettes and tobacco
- See Dr. Stout twice annually. We schedule your next appointment when you leave, so you don’t have to worry about when you should come in next.
Keep those teeth and gums healthy by scheduling an appointment at Stout Dentistry today. Give us a call at 704.332.7737 and our friendly staff will be happy to help.