How poor oral health affects general health
- Posted on: Mar 15 2021
Many patients who visit with their dentist have questions about their oral health that they would like answered to better understand how they can keep their smiles and bodies healthy. Most adult men and women don’t realize that poor dental health also affects their overall health due to the oral systemic condition.
We all know the risks of not brushing and flossing the teeth each day. Patients who do not care for their smiles will be at a much higher chance of developing problems such as tooth decay. But infections such as periodontal disease can also increase the risk of infection, which in turn can impact the rest of the body, putting patients at an increased risk of diabetes, strokes, and heart disease.
The oral systemic link connects the mouth with the body due to the travel of infection. Bacteria in the mouth contributes to the development of gum disease, or periodontitis. This bacteria enters into the bloodstream, and is then carried throughout the body. Patients with a diagnosis of heart disease, for example, often have periodontitis, linking the two together and raising concern for one’s oral health as well as heart health.
The best way to keep the entire body healthy is to start with good oral hygiene habits. Brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist are preventative methods patients can use to reduce their risk of developing infections and cavities. Additionally, patients who experience changes in their oral health, such as sensitivity or a toothache, should not avoid these problems as they can become much more significant—and more damaging—to the smile. Restorative treatments may also be more expensive than the low cost of routine visits every six months to monitor for these changes. Our team can help educate patients on the benefits of preventive dental habits to protect the smile and body.
Call Dr. David Frey and his team today in Beverly Hills, CA
A phone call to (310) 276-4537 is the first step in learning more about good oral health and wellness strategies. If you reside in the area and are looking to work with a dedicated team of professionals under one roof, visit the office at 462 North Linden Drive, Suite #414.