It’s no secret that a healthy smile has an impact on your quality of life. Besides the confidence in showing your smile, you can also enjoy things like a lack of tooth discomfort and less worrying about tooth loss. However, the direct connection between your oral health and systemic well being isn’t as obvious, despite the fact that many patients experience that connection in the form of increased risks of chronic diseases. Today, we examine how your oral health impacts your overall health, and why keeping your smile healthy matters for your overall quality of life.
The Significance of Oral Bacteria
The most common and often destructive dental health issues stem from excessive oral bacteria. For instance, gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss, starts as a gum infection caused by specific types of oral bacteria, like Porphyromonas gingivalis. Some of these bacteria can lead to increasingly worse inflammation in your gums—the precursor to gum disease. When your gums do become infected and start to bleed, these microbes can enter the bloodstream and affect other areas of your body. Because of the inflammation they cause, these bacteria can increase your risks of inflammatory conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
How to Mitigate Your Health Risks
The best way to prevent gum disease from affecting your systemic health is to prevent it from forming in the first place. To do that, you have to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, as well as stick to a biannual schedule of checkups and cleanings with your dentist. If gum disease does develop, then you can still prevent it from affecting your overall health by seeking expert periodontal treatment and maintenance as soon as possible.
Learn More About the Oral-Systemic Connection
Known as the oral-systemic connection, the relationship between your oral and overall health is a strong one, and can have a significant impact on your quality of life. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.