How Your Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health

How Your Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health

Your oral health isn’t just important in itself. It plays a significant role in your overall health as well. Your oral health has effects on your physical health in many major ways. You might not realize it, but your health is impacted by how well you take care of your oral health.

When you take good care of your teeth, you benefit all of your health. But similarly, if you neglect the care of your teeth, you may also suffer from negative health effects. Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry explains more about how your oral health affects your physical health.

The health of your gums

The health of your gums is crucially important to your total health. That’s the purpose of keeping up with regular dental exams and cleanings: to ensure that your gums remain healthy. Having healthy gums ensures that the roots of your teeth are strong.

When your gums aren’t healthy, however, it allows bacteria to get into your bloodstream. This can have tremendous negative effects on your health. Gum disease is the most common cause of chronic inflammation globally, which contributes to all sorts of other diseases, too.

The risks of periodontal disease

When your gums aren’t healthy, it causes a condition called periodontal disease. When we can catch it in its earliest stages, we can often prevent it from getting worse. 

Periodontal disease has multiple causes, including the following:

If you have periodontal disease, you may be at risk for developing other diseases. These other diseases that can be caused by periodontal disease include:

Heart disease

The bacteria that are produced by periodontal disease can get into your bloodstream. These bacteria can lead to heart disease, including stroke, heart attacks, and high blood pressure. You’re also at risk of endocarditis, which is an inflammation of the lining around your heart.

Diabetes

When you have periodontal disease, you’re at higher risk of developing diabetes. It’s hard to tell if diabetes causes periodontal disease or if periodontal disease increases your risk of diabetes. We know that both conditions seem to be found together.

Respiratory diseases

You may also be at greater risk of respiratory diseases if you have periodontal disease. All of the bacteria that make it from your mouth into your bloodstream increase the risks of chronic respiratory diseases, too.

How to manage gum disease

If you have gum disease, especially in the earlier stages, it can still be managed and possibly even prevented. Gum rejuvenation is one of the best ways to manage gum disease in its early stages.

Gum rejuvenation refers to nonsurgical treatments like medications for gum disease and more involved dental procedures, such as root scaling and planning. 

In more involved cases, gum rejuvenation can include procedures such as soft tissue or bone grafts or pocket surgery.

In addition to gum rejuvenation, you can play a significant role in whether or not you develop gum disease. Among the things you should do include the following:

If you are due for a checkup, you shouldn’t wait any longer. Contact Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry today or request an appointment online.

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