Did you know that the wellness of your body depends on the health and cleanliness of your mouth? Your dental hygiene efforts offer benefits that go beyond your teeth and gums. In fact, there is a proven link between your oral health and your body health. When the mouth is free of bacteria and inflammation, the body can thrive and achieve optimal wellness.
The Mouth Body Connection
The oral-systemic connection is strong. Most notably, the condition of your gums can impact some of the most important organs in your body. When bacteria is allowed to linger in the mouth, it can accumulate on the gums and lead to periodontal disease. Without proper treatment, the toxins from infected gums can enter the blood stream and wreak havoc on the rest of your body. Untreated gum disease has been linked to the following serious health risks:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Kidney disease
- Oral cancer
- Impaired fetal development
- Orthopedic implant failure
Preventing Gum Disease is Simple
The good news is that even though the ramifications from gum disease are detrimental on your body, the steps to prevent this periodontal infection is easy. Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist for check-ups are non-negotiable ways to protect your mouth and body from gum disease. In addition, you’ll need to be aware of the following factors that can increase your risk for gum disease:
- Family history of gum disease
- Smoking or use of other tobacco products
- Chronic illness
- Certain medications (cortisone, oral contraceptives, high blood pressure medication)
If you are concerned that you are high risk for gum disease, you may need to schedule more frequent dental cleanings or ask us about how you can keep a cleaner mouth in between visits. Red, puffy or bleeding gums are the first signs of periodontal disease. Schedule your dental visit now to reverse this oral health condition at its earliest stage. At Crabapple Dental, we recognize the link between your dental health and your overall well-being. Let us take care of your smile so that you can lead a healthier life!