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The Link Between Dental Health and Overall Health

The Link Between Dental Health and Overall Health
May 28, 2017 Nicholson Blog

In many ways, oral health is a surprising indicator of overall health, although many people don’t realize there is a link between the two.

That’s why you need excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. It could help you discover any health issues early on to stop them in their tracks.

Take a look at the link between dental health and overall health – and why you need dental health services.

Periodontal Disease & Chronic Diseases

Bacteria grows like wildfire in the mouth. While most bacteria can be rather harmless, others can lead to serious medical issues.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily is the best way to prevent bacterial growth. You should also book regular dental checkups for teeth cleaning and an exam.

Unfortunately, if you fail to do so, the harmful bacteria will grow inside your mouth. Once it grows, oral bacteria may lead to inflamed gums, known as periodontal disease. Unfortunately, this can result in tooth loss.

Studies have found periodontal disease could be linked to other health problems.

In fact, one study found those with serious gum disease are 40% more likely to suffer a chronic condition. This is in comparison to those who don’t have gum disease.

Periodontal disease could potential increase the likelihood of developing:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease (the connection is still unclear)
  • Pregnancy complications

It goes without saying you will want to reduce your risk of developing any of the above conditions.

That’s why you need to pull out a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss twice daily. You must also book regular dental checkups every six months.

Oral Health & Dementia

If you’ve experienced tooth loss before the age of 35, you may have a greater risk of dementia.

Scientists believe tooth loss could increase a person’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s not only tooth loss that could result in the development of the condition. One study found that gum inflammation can cause brain cells to die, which could also lead to a form of dementia.

Oral Bacteria & Endocarditis

Harmful oral bacteria can spread from the mouth to other areas of the body via the bloodstream.

This might result in inflammation of the heart’s lining, which is known as Endocarditis. This is a potentially fatal infection, as it can disturb the normal blood flow through the heart.

As a result, a person could experience a heart attack or stroke.

Dental Health Services

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A happy mouth means a happier life!

 

There is nothing more important than your health.

Oral healthcare not only provides a beautiful smile. It can help preserve your overall health for many years to come.

Don’t make the mistake of neglecting your teeth and gums.

Book an appointment with Nicholson Family Dental for exceptional dental health services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.