Your teeth and gums are just as important as the rest of your body, however, if you neglect much needed dental care, your mouth could make the rest of you sick.
WebMD explains that recent research indicates that there is a direct mouth and body connection. In other words, if you practice poor oral health hygiene habits, you could weaken your heart or find yourself dealing with diabetes.
For people who practice good oral hygiene, a dental visit consists of a teeth cleaning, perhaps a filling or maybe seeing the dentist for a cosmetic dental procedure, however, seeing your dentist is much more than your teeth and gums, your dental checkup is also about the health of your entire body. What happens inside of your mouth affects the rest of you. Many experts believe that the two are connected.
There are many conditions and diseases that can affect your oral health. If you have a weak immune system, you may be more prone to gum disease. Your immune system protects you from infection and illness caused from disease and medication.
Your oral health can also cause problems if you are diabetic as an infection in your mouth can wreck havoc on your blood sugar levels making it harder to control your diabetes.
About 35 percent of American adults suffer from some sort of gum disease whether it be gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. Those who suffer could be at a higher risk when it comes to kidney disease, stroke, heart disease, and even premature births. What is even more staggering is that fifty percent suffer from the mildest type of gum disease, gingivitis.
The sad thing about these statistics is that poor oral hygiene is the main cause of gum disease. Brushing twice and flossing once a day along with a good diet and regular visits to your dentist can help you prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Don’t become a statistic. Start the New Year off the right way and call or click and schedulean appointment with your dentist today.