How Oral Health Impacts Overall Health

Your oral health is important for more than just a great smile. It can also impact your overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and other serious health conditions. That’s why it’s important to take care of your teeth and gums. Oral Health - Brushing teeth

1. Why oral health is important for overall health?

  Your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory tracts, so it’s important to keep it clean. Bacteria can cause disease, but good oral hygiene and natural defenses can keep them under control. Daily brushing and flossing help to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Without proper care, though, these bacteria can reach levels that lead to oral infections like tooth decay or gum disease. By taking care of your mouth, you’re not only keeping your smile healthy – you’re also supporting your overall health.

2. How poor oral health can lead to other health problems?

Your oral health can contribute to various diseases and conditions. For example, poor oral hygiene can lead to endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves. This occurs when bacteria from your mouth spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart. Additionally, research suggests that there may be a link between cardiovascular disease, clogged arteries, and stroke with the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause. Poor oral health can also lead to pregnancy and birth complications, such as premature birth and low birth weight. And finally, certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases. So take care of your mouth so it can take care of you.  

3. Tips for maintaining good oral health?

Good oral hygiene is important for maintaining your overall health. To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene habits every day. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Use mouthwash to remove any remaining food particles after brushing and flossing. Eat a healthy diet, limiting sugary foods and drinks. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn. Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. Finally, avoid tobacco use to help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Now that we know how important oral health is to our overall health, it’s time to take action. If you’re not happy with your current oral care routine, or if you have any concerns about your oral health, call Kilby Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today. For more Information, check out these articles from the American Dental Association.