Most of us know that when you contract an illness or are diagnosed with a medical condition, it can take a toll on your overall health, but did you know that oral health works in the very same way?
Taking care of your teeth and gums is so important because failing to do so will cause issues like tooth decay and gum disease, which increase your risk for serious health issues if left untreated.
Read on in this blog from Moonlight Beach Dental to find out more about the connection between oral and overall health and how to prevent any problems.
How Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
A growing body of evidence has linked oral health to overall health. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, you’re at increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. There are some surprising connections between these conditions and your overall well being.
Gum disease is linked to a whole host of other illnesses and medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, heart attack, and Alzheimer’s. There is an especially clear connection between gum disease and diabetes.
Those with diabetes are much more likely to suffer from gum disease as well as more severe cases of gum disease. Gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar. Studies have also shown that when patients treat their gum disease, they are better able to control their diabetes and are less likely to need insulin. Scientists have also discovered that the same bacteria that causes periodontal disease is closely associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
How You Can Stay On Top of Your Health
When it comes to oral and overall health, we’re sometimes left with questions like, what came first, the chicken or the egg? It is not always clear whether a condition like diabetes causes worsening oral health or if worsening oral health worsens diabetes, for example.
However, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene so you reduce your risk of not only tooth decay and gum disease, but also these more serious health conditions that can reduce your lifespan. Brush your teeth once in the morning and once at night with fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in circular motions around the teeth, gum line, and tongue. Floss once daily and get regular dental checkups and cleanings every 6 months to remove plaque buildup. Wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports or if you grind your teeth.
Schedule Your Next Dental Checkup Today!
So much of oral health boils down to prevention and early detection. This is why it’s so crucial that you attend regular dental appointments every 6 months. Contact us at Moonlight Beach Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicole Vane.