Your smile can say a lot about your overall health. Problems in your mouth can affect other areas of your body. It’s essential to know about the connection between oral health and your overall health so you can take action before minor problems become more severe. Here are xx reasons why oral health is important.
Bacteria in your mouth can cause disease. Daily brushing and flossing are important to keep bacteria under control. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can lead to infections such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Oral health can affect heart health. While it isn’t fully understood, research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be linked to inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria. Bacteria from your mouth can also travel through your bloodstream and attach inside your heart, causing endocarditis, which is an infection of the inner lining of your heart chamber or valves.
Certain health conditions can lead to worsening oral health. Certain diseases such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS can reduce the body’s resistance to infection and can lead to gum disease and other oral problems. Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and even certain cancers can contribute to worsening oral health.
Good oral hygiene is key to protecting oral health. Beyond having a bright, healthy smile, good oral hygiene can protect your oral and overall health. Be sure to brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after meals, if possible. Floss daily. Use mouthwash after brushing and flossing to remove any remaining pieces of food. Eat a healthy diet rich with fruits and vegetables, and limit added sugars. Avoid using tobacco of every kind as it damages your teeth and gums. Replace your toothbrush every three months or right after having a cold sore or being sick.
To stay on top of your oral health, be sure to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. If you are concerned about how your oral health is affecting your overall health of if you are concerned about a current health condition that may affect oral health, call 713-425-1302 for an appointment.