The Connection Between Oral Health & Your Overall Health
Your oral health isn’t just about keeping those teeth pearly white. In fact, your oral health can actually contribute to your overall health, which makes it even more important to commit to regular dental care.
These are some health concerns to be aware of (and encourage you to brush twice a day).
One of the major ways in which oral health can affect overall health relates to your cardiovascular health. Gum disease can put you at risk for coronary heart disease as well as stroke. Bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth can travel through the bloodstream and cause heart inflammation, and over time this buildup can lead to cardiovascular disease.
In cases of periodontal disease, the oral infection can affect the gums and bones that support the teeth. In extreme cases, this can lead to tooth loss. There is some evidence that suggests periodontal disease can also affect bone density in the rest of the body as well.
Recent studies suggest that oral care can directly impact brain health, especially in regards to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation from gum disease can lead to inflammation in the brain cells, which contributes to cognitive impairment.
Poor oral hygiene can actually result in poor self-esteem. Gum disease isn’t attractive; from swollen, bleeding gums to tooth decay and loss, it can really affect how you look and speak. Healthy mouths can contribute to improved confidence and self-image. That’s something worth smiling about!
What Can You Do To Improve Your Oral Health?
A little regular maintenance can go a long way when it comes to your oral health! Brush twice a day, brush your tongue, and floss once a day. Keep sugary and acidic treats to a minimum to help preserve your enamel, and eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly to keep your body in great health. Don’t forget to book your regular dentist appointments as well! At Scott E. Hayhurst we can help detect and treat gum disease and other oral health issues before they become more serious. Contact us online or by calling 208-376-7721.