How Oral Health Can Impact the Health of Your Body
Posted on 12/7/2020 by Advanced Dental Associates
One of the biggest threats from oral health problems is that they can have a “domino” effect on the rest of the body. Untreated oral problems such as periodontitis or oral cancer can cause additional complications and diseases throughout the rest of the body. Patients who notice any symptoms of oral health problems should contact our office to schedule a dental exam for the sake of their mouths and their overall health.
Oral Health Problems as Germ Warfare
Harmful bacteria are the cause of many oral health problems, including gum disease and tooth decay. When these bacteria travel to other parts of the body, they can cause infections and diseases when they reach their destination. Diseases associated with mouth bacteria include heart disease, Alzheimer's, and digestive problems. Oral cancer can also spread to other parts of the body if not treated in a timely manner.
Benefits of Good Oral Health
The converse is true: good oral health can lead to a healthy body. Healthy mouths have manageable levels of harmful bacteria, preventing them from migrating to other parts of the body. Patients that attribute their strong oral health to smart dietary choices – such as fruits, vegetables, superfoods, and cheeses – gain a variety of nutritional benefits. In addition to fortifying teeth by restoring enamel and promoting saliva generation, healthy foods increase the health and efficiency of other parts of the body. One popular example is eating carrots to promote healthy eyesight.
A patient's oral health can be a great indicator of the patient's overall health. Mouths that are overrun with tooth decay and cavities are filled with harmful bacteria that can wreak havoc when they move to other parts of the body. Patients with any oral health problems or concerns should contact our office to schedule a dental exam and a professional cleaning for the sake of their mouths and their entire body.