Your Oral Health Offers Clues About Your Overall Health
It is important to protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your mouth and the rest of your body. Our mouths are full of bacteria. Sometimes we can keep the bacteria under control by flossing, brushing regularly and taking care of our oral health – but not always. When bacteria get out of control it might lead to infections in the mouth, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Many people do not associate problems in their mouths with their overall health. However, infections in your mouth can travel through your bloodstream to the rest of your body. Let’s look at some medical conditions that might cause problems. Endocarditis, which is an infection in the inner lining of the heart, may occur when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your blood stream and attach to damaged areas of the heart. Other conditions such as Cardiovascular disease, low birth weight and premature births can be linked to conditions of the mouth.
Just as there are conditions in the mouth that can affect other parts of our body, there are diseases of the body that can cause problems in our mouth. That is why there is a correlation between our oral health and our overall heath. There are other diseases of the body that can affect our mouth, such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, head and neck cancers and dry mouth.
Therefore, it is very important to visit your dentist regularly and tell him or her all medications you are taking and any changes or concerns you have with your health.
So, take loving care of your teeth and gums and remember to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Replace your toothbrush every three months – or sooner if the bristles become bent or frayed
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Drink plenty of water, eat a healthy diet and limit snacks
A HEALTHY MOUTH FOR A HEALTHY LIFE!