Overall Health Is Linked To Your Oral Health

Woman using a blender. Caption: In addition to diet & exercise, having a clean mouth is a great way to stay healthy.

DID YOU KNOW PROBLEMS in your mouth can have a huge effect on the health of the rest of your body? When you protect and care for your oral health you are protecting your total-body wellness.

How Can Dental Issues Affect My Health?

Gum disease is perhaps one of the most serious problems for both your oral health and overall health. Gum disease has been linked to many other diseases that affect the rest of the body. For example…

Heart Disease: Bacteria and inflammation from periodontal disease can get into your bloodstream and harm your arteries.

Dementia: Gum disease has been linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Gingivitis-causing bacteria has been found in the brains of those affected with Alzheimer’s.

Diabetic Complications: If your gums are inflamed it can make it harder to control your blood sugar, and exacerbate your diabetes symptoms.

Other Things That Affect Both Oral and Overall Health

Certain medications can affect your oral health. Things like decongestants, antihistamines, oral contraceptives, and painkillers can all reduce saliva. This will increase the acids and bacteria in your mouth.

Other diseases that are associated with the body and oral health include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS, and obesity.

Let us know if you have any of the health conditions we’ve mentioned in this post. We’ll factor that into your treatment and our advice for your home care to give you the best oral health possible.

Take Care of Your Mouth and Your Body

Even though we view the mouth and body as separate, they’re very closely connected. Taking care of your body is key to oral health, and vice versa. Let us know if you have any questions. You can submit a comment below, check us out on our Facebook page, or give us a call!

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