A brighter smile can make everyone’s day, but did you know that it could also say something about your overall health? The oral and overall health connection can’t be ignored.
When a dentist looks inside your mouth and examines your teeth, gums, tongue and the rest of your oral cavity he or she is getting a close look at the inside of your body as well.
According to Dr. Jack Ringer, past president and an Accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, studies indicate a strong connection between oral and overall health.
In other words, people who have healthy smiles will be healthier overall, while people who suffer from gum disease and tooth decay will probably suffer from poor health overall. While no one knows exactly why this happens, dentists believe it has to do with oral bacteria making its way to the blood stream.
In most cases, your body will defend itself as long as you take good care of it. The same goes for your mouth. Regular brushing and flossing prevents the bad bacteria from taking over the good bacteria. Gum disease and tooth decay will happen without good oral hygiene.
People who suffer from gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease are also more susceptible to systemic disease. According to your dentist in Anaheim Hills, patients with heart problems have a higher percentage of gum disease than people with healthy teeth and gums.
Other oral and overall health links include certain cancers, immune system disorders, eating disorders, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you would like more information regarding the connection between oral and overall health, call and schedule a consultation with Dental Cosmetics in Anaheim Hills today.