Have you ever thought about the connection between your dental health and your overall health? As the gateway to your body, your mouth is the key to many aspects of your well-being. Here's what you should know.
The Oral Systemic Link
You might be surprised to learn that your mouth is full of bacteria, both good and bad. If you don't remove the harmful bacteria with daily brushing and flossing, it builds up and causes issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
Periodontitis, which is the advanced stage of gum disease, is an infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth. Studies link the inflammation caused by gum disease with other health concerns in the body, like diabetes. And in turn, diseases like diabetes or HIV/AIDS can lower the immune system, making oral conditions like gum disease much worse.
Some of the conditions that studies link dental health to are:
- Heart disease
- Complications during pregnancy including premature births and low birth weight
- Dementia and Alzheimer's disease
Protecting your dental health goes hand in hand with guarding your overall health and well-being.
Your Best Defense
The first step in protecting your dental health is to commit to a consistent home care routine with brushing twice daily and flossing once. Learning the proper techniques to remove the most plaque possible is also critical.
Routine preventive teeth cleanings and examinations will also help protect you from concerns like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. During these visits, your hygienist cleans your teeth to remove any plaque buildup that you might've missed at home. During your examination, your Amherst dentist will screen you for dental concerns and make you aware of any treatment needs as early as possible before the problems become more significant.
We're Here for You
Dr. Kenneth Edwards and his team have provided exceptional preventive dentistry to patients in Amherst, NH for nearly 40 years. We would love to help you protect your health. Call us today at (603) 673-0782 to schedule your next dental appointment.