Brush a Tooth, Save a Heart

It might sound peculiar, but your body’s overall wellness depends on a clean and healthy mouth that is free from infection. The body can thrive when the mouth is free of inflammation, which can spread throughout your organs. Why does having a healthy mouth affect your entire well-being?

Multiple scientific studies have proven your oral health is strongly connected to other health conditions – also known as the mouth-body connection or the oral-systemic link. Your mouth is the perfect breeding ground for harmful oral bacteria, and if left untreated, the bacteria grow out of control, leading to periodontal disease. The toxins from oral bacterial are released into your blood stream and can possibly inflict mayhem on other parts of your body. This destruction is linked to serious health risks including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Impaired fetal development
  • Orthopedic implant failure
  • Alzheimer’s
  • And much more!

How can you protect yourself (and even save your life) from periodontal disease? The good news is periodontal disease is highly preventable. By brushing, flossing, and seeing me for regular check-ups, you can control the bacteria and keep your gums healthy. Additionally, keeping a caring eye on your oral health and avoiding risk factors contributed to periodontal disease can go a long way. Some risk factors include:

  • Avoid consistent consumption of carbonated beverages – sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks – research has singled out their erosive and softening effects on your teeth.
  • Do not brush and floss vigorously – it will do more harm than good.
  • If your family members have gum disease or cavities, the harmful bacteria can be transported through saliva.
  • Smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, and chronic illness are severe risk factors
  • Cortisone, oral contraceptives, high blood pressure medication, or cancer can worsen gum disease

Mainly, if you maintain a nutritious diet, regularly exercise, avoid tobacco products, brush, floss, and keep up with your regular dental check-ups, we’ll be able to detect or prevent early signs of periodontal disease, thus saving your overall health from potential harm. Protect your risk of heart disease, pulmonary disease, high blood pressure, low birth weight babies, and Alzheimer’s – get regular dental cleanings at our office!

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Responses:

  1. Great info on how oral health impacts overall health. I know that sugar is harmful, but I was just wondering if sparkling water can also be harmful since it is carbonated, that is, is the carbonation in and of itself harmful to teeth.

    Comment by Ken on February 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

  2. Interesting that taking care of your teeth can have such an impact on one’s overall health. Good to know.

    Comment by Ken on March 18, 2014 at 7:03 am

  3. Reallly interesting, especially the connection between heart disease and oral health.

    Comment by Kathy Crosslin on March 19, 2014 at 11:39 am

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