Taking good care of your oral cavity, including both teeth and gums, does much more than give you a great smile. Good oral and overall health go hand in hand and are deeply connected. Healthy dental hygiene habits started during childhood can pay off during adulthood and older years.
Your oral health provides a window to your general health, and the condition of your teeth, gums, lips, and jaws can affect your wellbeing. You can boost your general health by taking good care of your oral health.
Like many other parts of the body, the oral cavity contains millions of bacteria which may enter the digestive and respiratory tracts and cause diseases. In the absence of daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to New Vision Dentistry, the bacteria may multiple and root themselves in the gums. Gum infections, if left untreated, can enter the bloodstream and increase the risks of systemic diseases like stroke, certain cancers, and Alzheimer’s.
Some medications like antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, painkillers, and anti-depressants can also reduce saliva flow, resulting in a dry mouth. Saliva neutralizes acids released by oral bacteria, and a dry mouth can increase the risks of periodontal disease.
Regular dental checkups with our experienced dentists can help optimize your dental health and bring problems to light.
Poor oral health is known to cause a number of systemic diseases such as:
Endocarditis: Oral bacteria may seep into the bloodstream and attach to certain areas of the heart.
Pregnancy Complications: Gum disease may cause low birth weight and premature births.
Pneumonia: Oral bacteria can enter the lungs and increase the risks of developing pneumonia.
Similarly, chronic health conditions like diabetes, arthritis, AIDS, and osteoporosis lead to poor oral health.
Investing in your oral health can promote overall wellbeing. Please contact our friendly family dentists at New Vision Dentistry, for all your dental concerns.