At Michael Giovannini, DDS, we strive to educate our patients on the ways in which their oral health is a reflection of their overall health. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body – strong, healthy teeth and gums often indicate good overall health. More and more research shows that the health of your body is directly related to the health of your mouth in more ways than we previously thought. In fact, medical professionals have uncovered a link between poor dental health and acne.
Link Between Oral Health & Acne
Researchers have noted several instances in which patients who had acne and an infected tooth experienced better skin once their infected tooth was treated or removed. It is believed that this link may come in the form of a common bacteria found in acne as well as the mouth and throat.
Infection to Inflammation:
Researchers noticed that infections in the mouth increased the quantity of bacteria present, which in turn led to an inflammation of the skin — causing acne. If the thought of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss as a result of poor oral health does not motivate you to care for your oral health, maybe the thought of developing acne will.
Watch for Toothpaste Residue:
Acne can also be the result of a surprising habit. Quick, think fast – do you brush your teeth or wash your face first? You should always brush your teeth and then wash your face in order to remove any toothpaste residue from the area around your mouth. Researchers have noticed a link between some of the chemicals contained in toothpaste and the formation of pimples.
Get Your Oral Health Back on Track
The first step in reversing poor oral health is to establish a good preventive care routine. Make sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, flossing each day, and visiting our office regularly for cleanings and exams.
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