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The Relationship Between Oral Health and Your Overall Health

April 22 is Earth Day, and there is no better example of one system affecting another than that of the Earth. While every single thing on the planet affects another, the same idea can be applied to your health. The health of your mouth has a direct effect on the health of the rest of your body. Many of our patients are unaware of the importance of periodontal maintenance, in the overall battle to fight disease.

Oral Health Provides a Window to Your Overall Health

Many areas of the body are full of bacteria and the mouth is no exception. While most bacteria are harmless and can be fought off with regular maintenance and the body’s immune system, if the mouth is not cared for it can quickly grow out of control.

An abundance of bacteria can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and inflammation. This can play a role in some diseases, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Pregnancy
  • Neck and head cancer
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Eating disorders

Poor oral health is loosely linked to these conditions, as the bacteria often enter the body through the mouth and find their way to the rest of the systems. In pregnant women, low birth weight is a common problem for those who deal with excessive gum disease.

How You Can Protect Your Health

Good health starts in the mouth, and with the simplest of tasks, you can improve yours. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste with fluoride, floss once a day, eat a healthy diet, get a new toothbrush regularly, avoid tobacco use, and see a dentist regularly for exam and cleaning.

If you are already concerned about gum disease and the state of your mouth, and don’t want it to affect the rest of your body, Dr. Tilman Richards offers laser periodontics as a minimally invasive, safe option to treat gum disease. Schedule an appointment in our Corpus Christi, TX office today to learn more.

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