September 3, 2015

Big Links Between Oral and Overall Health

happy smiling couple with great oral and overall healthIt’s almost time for another beautiful fall in Virginia — we love this time of year. The air is crisp, and the trees are just beautiful. And before you know it, the holidays will be here. It’s a busy time of year!

Somewhere amidst the meetings, school events and all of life’s little obligations, it’s easy to let other important things slip by — like your oral health. But we’re here to remind you that your tooth health should be one of your top priorities, now and always. After all, poor oral health affects more than just your mouth. Your oral hygiene can affect or be affected by other, more serious diseases and conditions — like heart disease, diabetes and stroke, to name a few. Read on to learn more about how the way you care for your mouth affects your whole body, and commit to developing excellent oral hygiene habits today!

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body

We see the evidence in our office all the time: your oral health is inextricably linked to your overall well-being. Many times, problems in your mouth indicate what’s going on in the rest of your body — and that means your dentist may be the first one to notice the warning signs of larger issues, and help you seek treatment. Some conditions that are linked to your oral health are as follows:

  • Heart health: When bacteria from your mouth are allowed easy entry into your bloodstream, it can have serious implications on your heart. Some cardiovascular conditions linked to poor oral health include endocarditis, an infection of the lining of the heart, as well as cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Effects on pregnancy and birth: While scientists aren’t exactly sure why, gum disease has been linked to premature birth, and low birth weight. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause a mild form of the condition we call “pregnancy gingivitis.”
  • Bone loss: Gum disease and missing teeth cause bone loss in the jaw, which can lead to more missing teeth and fewer replacement options. Periodontal bone loss and tooth loss are also linked to osteoporosis.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes reduces the body’s ability to fight infection, which means it’s harder for your mouth to fight against bacteria — and that puts your teeth and gums seriously at risk.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: There is a link between early tooth loss — like before the age of 35 — and Alzheimer’s disease.

Visit Your Vienna Dentist Today

There’s no doubt about it — your oral health is inextricably linked to your overall health. Remember that good oral hygiene demands brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting your trusted Vienna dentist every six months. If it’s been awhile since your last dental exam, don’t wait another day to schedule a checkup with Vienna Smiles — because we love to see your smile.

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