Why A Healthy Mouth Is Good For Your Body

We all know that good oral hygiene is important in general, but it is also important to understand the negative effects poor oral hygiene can have on your overall health.   An unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as:

  • Heart Attack/Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Poorly Controlled Diabetes
  • Preterm Labor In Pregnant Women

In addition to conditions that occur due to poor oral hygiene, issues with your mouth and teeth may also offer insight to other health problems that are occurring.  Some conditions, such as diabetes, begin showing symptoms in your mouth first.  These symptoms include breathe that has a sweet/fruity or acetone odor and increased chance of oral thrush (yeast) infections

If you don’t brush and floss regularly, you’ll begin noticing plaque build up along your gum-line.  This buildup creates an environment for additional bacteria to accumulate in the space between your gums and your teeth, a gum infection known as gingivitis.  Without proper notice, gingivitis can lead to a more serious gum infection called periodontitis.

Normally, bacteria from your mouth doesn’t enter the bloodstream. However, invasive dental treatments, sometimes just routine brushing and flossing if you have gum disease, can provide an entry point for these microbes. Medications or treatments that reduce saliva flow and antibiotics that disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth can also compromise your mouth’s normal defenses, allowing these bacteria to enter your bloodstream.

Long-term gum infections may eventually result in the loss of your teeth, but it may not end there.  Research has suggested an association between oral infections (primarily gum infection) and poorly controlled diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and preterm birth in pregnant women.  The best way to combat gum infection is by taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums.  Make the investment to better health by always practicing good oral hygiene.  Be sure to:

  • Brush and Floss at least Twice Per Day.
  • Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks.
  • Visit Your Dentist For Regular Checkups (Every 6 months).
  • Gargle Mouthwash Before You Brush And Floss.

For more information on how you can combat health issues through proper oral hygiene, schedule your cleaning with Colson Dental Group today by calling (919) 231-6053.