A healthy body and healthy smile go hand in hand

A healthy body and healthy smile go hand in hand

Patients who regularly visit their dentists aren’t just taking steps to maintain a more attractive smile. They’re protecting their overall health, too.

Scientific research has identified correlation between oral health problems like gum disease and numerous systemic conditions, like heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer.

Inflammation caused by oral bacteria is believed to be the culprit behind the link between oral health and overall health. A certain protein associated with inflammation, c-reactive protein, has been identified in patients with gum disease, as well as in those with heart disease. 

Scientific research has identified correlation between oral health problems like gum disease and numerous systemic conditions, like heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer.

Another problem can occur when the mouth has a severe infection, and the oral bacteria get access to the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.
This can lead to sepsis, a potentially fatal condition.

With diabetes, it appears that high glucose levels correspond to an increased presence of plaque in the mouth. As such, difficulties in controlling blood sugar can predispose a patient to gum disease. At the same time, gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar. It’s a vicious cycle.

Visiting your dentist every six months is essential to your oral health and your general health. Professional dental cleanings help to keep the mouth free of bacteria, and such cleanings are much more thorough than daily brushing and flossing.

The six-month interval also gives your dentist a chance to spot issues like gingivitis and cavities while they are in milder, more treatable stages. This preventive approach can help protect patients from major problems like periodontitis and tooth loss.

The need for professional treatments doesn’t mean that your home oral hygiene routine is insignificant, though. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing are instrumental in keeping your mouth clean and healthy.

The mouth-body connection appears to be a strong one, according to various medical studies. Take steps to protect your overall health by establishing a relationship with a dentist who can keep tabs on your oral health. If it’s been more than six months since your last dental appointment, schedule a check-up with the office of Dr. Melisa Christian to get back on track.