Posted on 11/15/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
|Most people have heard the old saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Studies are consistently confirming that a healthy smile will keep the doctor away. A number of issues can stem from oral care. They can all be linked back to your oral health. Our office would like to protect your mouth and in turn protect your body for the years to come.
Ways Poor Oral Health Can Complicate the Body
Without practicing the proper oral care bacteria can reach levels that lead to oral infections such as tooth decay and gum disease. Those in turn play a role in many bodily diseases. Certain bodily diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body's resistance to infection, making your oral health issues more problematic.
When bacteria from your mouth dissipates into your lungs and bloodstream you can experience endocarditis of the heart's valves, cardiovascular disease like stroke, and pneumonia in the lungs. Certain conditions can also exacerbate your mouth's problems. Issues like diabetes reduce the body's resistance to infections, putting the gums at risk.
Osteoporosis's bone weakening is linked to gum disease and tooth loss. More conditions that have links to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers and an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth. You mouth and body have an intricate link with each other, when poorly cared for, it causes a number of problems.
Positive Benefits of Oral Health Care
Good oral health care on the flipside plays a role first and foremost in your confidence and your smile. It helps protect your heart, lungs and even your brain. By practicing good care, it also boosts your immune system which can help fight off basic cough and colds.
When the body's energy is not consumed with the effects of poor oral care it runs like a well-oiled machine giving you more energy to live your life. You have better gum health, lower risk of heart attack, healthier pregnancies, less type 2 diabetes risk, lower risk of cancer, and healthier lungs.
All these points should encourage you to invest in your oral health. Our office is here to assist you in any way we can. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get your oral health moving in a positive direction.