How Oral Health Impacts Overall Health
It’s easy to think about your oral health being separate from your overall health. However, the two are more connected than you may think. Here are a few ways that your oral health is connected to your overall health and how you can ensure your health is in tip-top shape!
The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health
The ways in which your oral health and overall health are connected are relatively simple. The mouth already contains bacteria and serves as an entry point for other bacteria to enter your digestive and respiratory systems. One of the body’s best defenses against bacteria is daily oral health care practices like brushing and flossing. However, when these things don’t happen, the bacteria are left in your mouth and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to other serious health complications such as pneumonia, pregnancy and birth complications, cardiovascular disease, and more. This is why it’s so vital to your overall health that you maintain a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums!
Ways to Protect Your Oral Health
Discussing health complications and risks can be a little scary and overwhelming. The good news is there are many ways that you can take care of your oral health to prevent these risks! Below are just a few examples of precautions you can take to ensure long-term oral and overall health.
- Brush and Floss Daily – This simple step will keep bacteria at bay and prevent oral complications like tooth and gum decay.
- Consume Less Sugar – Cavities occur when sugars from food and beverages mix with the bacteria in your mouth. Reducing your intake of sugary foods and beverages will help prevent cavities and permanent tooth decay. **
- Schedule Regular Dentist Cleanings – Visiting Comprehensive Dentistry every six months is one of the best ways to maintain positive oral health. We will check your teeth for any signs of damage or decay and will be able to treat the areas right away, preventing long-term health issues.
- Contact Us – If you’re experiencing significant pain or signs of other health complications, contact us. We’ll schedule a time for you to visit the office and work to identify what is causing your pain and develop a treatment plan. The sooner we can treat the issue, the better!
Talk with Comprehensive Dentistry Today
If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, reach out to schedule your next appointment. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns.