How Oral Health Affects the Rest of Your Body

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Though many of us might think of our oral health and our overall health as separate, they have a lot in common! Dr. Giovanni’s treatment of your teeth and gums doesn’t just keep your smile bright and healthy. It can also have a positive effect on your overall health and wellbeing. Additionally, your dental health can reveal important clues about your overall condition and the relationship between them.

Gum Disease

There is an important link between gum disease and your general health. Gum disease on its own is a serious dental issue, as it is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the inflammation and plaque can have other negative consequences outside of your mouth.

When you have gum disease, especially in its more severe and advanced forms, there is a greater chance that harmful bacteria from this infection will spread to the rest of your body through your bloodstream. If this happens, the infection can spread to your throat, your brain, or your heart and become life-threatening.

Bacteria from inflammation of the gums is linked to cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory infection, and even diabetes. For this reason, it is incredibly important to detect and begin treatment as early as possible!

Saliva

Your saliva is one of your body’s first lines of defense against infection and disease. Saliva washes away food, breaks down bacteria, and helps keep your mouth healthy. However, certain diseases can affect the composition of your saliva. This can make it easier for bacteria to develop in your mouth and cause gum disease, cavities, and other issues. Additionally, your saliva contains important clues to your health, as doctors will often take saliva samples to check hormone levels and look for other diseases.

Preventive Care

It’s important to understand that the consequences of poor dental hygiene go far beyond cavities. However, practicing good dental care habits can go a long way toward keeping your mouth and whole body healthy. Make sure to brush twice daily, floss regularly, and visit our office every six months for an exam and cleaning. To ask our team questions about this link or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today.