How Oral Health Affects Other Aspects of Your Physical Well Being
- Posted on: Sep 28 2018
You may think of your oral health as a completely separate matter from your overall physical well-being. But the truth is that they are intertwined, and your oral health affects your overall health and vice versa. By taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases that may shorten your lifespan. In this blog, the dentists at Concerned Dental Care in NY explain how your oral health affects other aspects of your physical well-being.
Why is oral health so important?
By taking care of your oral health, you’ll increase the chances that your mouth, teeth, and gums won’t develop problems like cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. You’ll also be more likely to retain your natural teeth as you get older. In addition, you’re more likely to have better health overall if you also have good oral health.
What connection is there between oral health and overall health?
Your oral health affects your overall health and vice versa. Bacteria, infection and inflammation in your mouth can also cause problems in the rest of your body. And if you have a chronic health issue, it can negatively affect your oral health.
Problems with your oral health may make you more likely to have the following issues with your overall health:
- Heart disease: may be linked to inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria
- Pregnancy issues: gum disease (periodontitis) has been linked to an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and having a low-weight baby
- Endocarditis: an infection of the heart’s inner lining that can happen when mouth bacteria spreads to your heart via your bloodstream
The following health issues can negatively affect your oral health, so it’s important to discuss your overall health with your dentist:
- Diabetes: makes your body more vulnerable to infection, which can contribute to gum disease
- HIV/AIDS: can cause painful oral lesions
- Osteoporosis: weakened bones in your body may be linked to bone and tooth loss caused by gum disease
- Alzheimer’s disease: may lead to a reduced ability to care for your oral health
- Head and neck cancers: radiation treatment for these diseases can cause gum infection, mouth sores, and tooth decay
- Obesity: can make gum disease progress more quickly
How can you help maintain good oral health?
Since good oral health not only affects your teeth, gums, and mouth but also your overall health, taking care of it is doubly important. The following tips are recommended for maintaining good oral health:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day
- Floss daily
- See the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
- Let your dentist know about your overall health, and let your family doctor know about dental issues that could affect your physical well-being
- Address problems such as gum disease quickly so they don’t get any worse
To find out more about the link between your oral health and your physical well-being, make an appointment today with Concerned Dental Care of NY. We take pride in providing personalized care that takes your total well-being into account. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 800.583.9285 to learn more.