How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

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Did you know that there are roughly 6 million bacteria in your mouth? While most of these bacteria are actually beneficial rather than detrimental to your health, poor oral hygiene habits could actually lead to buildup of the wrong bacteria, which in turn could result to cavities, tooth decay and gum problems. Here at our Higganum dental practice, we are devoted to helping you improve your oral health through client education. Continue reading to learn how oral health could significantly influence your overall health.

More Than Just Healthy Teeth and Gums

You probably know by now  how brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits could stave off gum problems and deliver you from the perils of tooth decay. But it will be certainly a delight on your end to know that excellent oral health is more than just about healthy teeth and gums. Read on!

  • Several studies have shown that the bacteria in your mouth could actually travel to your bloodstream and may help in the formation of plaque buildup in your arteries and lesions in patients with Buerger disease.

  • It has also been shown that inflammation in the mouth could send chemical signals which could interfere with insulin secretion. A messed up insulin secretion system could send your sugar and fat metabolism into haywire. Hello, diabetes!

  • Soon-to-be-moms, listen up! It’s about time you take a closer look on your oral health as the researchers of this study found out higher incidence of premature births amongst women with mouth infections and gum problems while they’re pregnant. It turns out that certain molecular signals such as cytokines are released into the bloodstream when the gums are infected. These cytokines then make their way into the placenta signaling mechanisms of birth.

Now that you already have an idea on how oral health affects your overall health, here’s a quick guide to making sure that those pearly whites and gums are in good shape!

1.Practice daily brushing and flossing habits.

2. In order to avoid lengthy procedures & maintain a healthy disease free mouth we recommend dental visits every 6 months.

3. Monitor your own dental health.

4. Avoid too much sugary and starchy food sources which could actually make your teeth prone to tooth decay and plaque formation.

Higganum Dental Practice

Visit us now for an initial consultation and let us help you come up with an individualized dental care plan. There’s a lot of ways to connect with us — via phone, email, or through our Facebook page! Call us now at (860) 345-2282 or fill out this contact form to book an appointment with us. We look forward to your visit!

How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health