When you think of improving your health, you probably don’t think about the dentist. But the truth of the matter is that your mouth can have an important impact on your body. Not only is it how you intake fuel for your body, but it is home to countless bacteria. If you allow the bad bacteria to flourish in your mouth, you could pay the price for it in your overall health down the road. This is just another reason to make sure you get your checkups twice a year!
Did you know that our dentists can tell whether you have a certain medical condition by simply looking in your mouth? It’s true. Here are just some of the conditions that can manifest symptoms in your oral cavity:
Diabetes and HIV lower your ability to fight infection, increasing the risk of getting gum disease more frequently. If you have osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become brittle and weak, your jaw bone can lose density, weakening the support it gives to your teeth and potentially leading to tooth loss.
Perhaps more remarkable are the ways in which your oral health impacts other areas of your body. Although it’s difficult to prove causation in many cases, over and over again, studies show a strong link between conditions in the mouth and problems elsewhere. Most likely, these links result from harmful, inflammation-causing bacteria entering the bloodstream and traveling to vulnerable spots throughout the body. Below are some of the medical conditions that poor oral health might contribute to:
In many studies, researchers have found that those who have gum disease or oral infections were much more likely to struggle with these serious conditions. Although caring for your mouth doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have these diseases, it certainly helps reduce the risk by decreasing the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth and body.
So how can you keep your smile strong and healthy? At minimum, you need to implement these three things into your lifestyle:
For added protection, you can also do the following:
If your oral health isn’t where it should be, we can help get you back on track. Contact our Topeka or Silver Lake offices to schedule an appointment today!
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