Oral health and overall health are directly connected, and do not exist in a vacuum from each other. While good oral health can augment positive systemic health, failing to maintain it can have a negative effect on your body.
Muntean Dentistry is committed to providing patients with treatment and education that allows them to improve their long term dental and systemic wellness, and we have created this guide to help patients better understand the connection between their teeth, gums, and the rest of their body.
The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Smile
Dental neglect often leads to the development of periodontitis, a more serious form of gingivitis. This condition is not only uncomfortable for patients, it allows oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream and lungs. The presence of excessive bacteria has been linked to health conditions such as heart disease and respiratory infections.
Periodontal disease is especially dangerous for those who are pregnant, or believe they may become pregnant, as it has been connected to a number of gestational difficulties that may result in preterm delivery and low weight babies.
Systemic Conditions Complicating Oral Health
Patients with diabetes have a harder time maintaining their oral health, as heightened blood sugar levels encourage the growth of bacteria. Diabetes and other immune system compromising conditions make it harder to fight off infection, making it more likely that periodontal disease will develop.
Stay Healthy Through Proper Dental Care
Regular brushing and flossing are essential in maintaining your oral health. These break up food particles that would otherwise aid the growth of oral bacteria, and ensure that plaque does not build up on or between the surfaces of the teeth.
A healthy diet is another way to improve both your dental and overall well-being. Eating a variety of fibrous foods that are low in sugar requires a significant amount of chewing and, like brushing, breaks up the buildup of bacteria. Vegetables are often ideal for this, as they contain little sugar and require a significant amount of chewing.
In addition to caring for your smile through regular at-home hygiene habits and keeping a positive diet, regular visits to a dental professional are essential. At Muntean Dentistry, we provide regular preventive and restorative services to help patients achieve optimal health for their entire body. Contact us today to learn more about establishing and maintaining ideal health for your smile to complement the health of your body.