Why Oral Health Is Important for Your Body

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Here’s an interesting fact: your oral health is strongly linked to your overall health. Many ailments begin in the mouth with harmful bacteria, which then spreads throughout the body. Here are a few diseases and illnesses that typify the link between oral health and the health of the rest of your body:


Diabetes

People with diabetes often suffer from gum disease since diabetes cuts down on the body’s ability to fight infection.

 

Periodontitis

Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, can sometimes necessitate oral surgery. It has also been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.


Osteoporosis

Don’t forget that there are bones in your mouth, too! Osteoporosis is linked with oral bone loss and tooth loss, as well as bone loss in the rest of the body.


Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease, clogged arteries, and stroke are all linked to oral bacteria infections. The better your dental health, the more you decrease the chances of your heart suffering.

 

Endocarditis

An infection of the heart’s inner lining, endocarditis is caused by bacteria from your mouth spreading through your bloodstream and finding their way to your heart. It’s very dangerous and cannot be left untreated. The better your dental care, the less likely endocarditis will be a problem for you.


Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease often arrives with worsening oral health, which only disintegrates further as the disease progresses.


As you can see from this list, taking care of yourself starts with your dental health. Here are some easy, common sense steps you can take to keep your mouth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
  • Cut down on sugary drinks like soda and juice.
  • Use a protective mouthwash each night before bed.
  • Make sure you and your family are getting enough fluoride, either in your water supply or in your toothpaste.
  • Visit the dentist every six months for your regular cleaning, and pay close attention to your dental health to catch any abnormalities.

To schedule a cleaning today, call our office today at (847) 639-9080 and speak with our friendly dental team.


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