How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

American female patient at the dentist getting her teeth cleaned in order to have a good oral health

Did you know that your oral health strongly affects your overall health? Poor dental health not only leads to dental problems such as tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease but also has a strong connection to heart disease and diabetes, as well as other types of infections.

How does this happen and how can you prevent it? Below is a short guide to help you understand this connection. If you have further questions, call our Bloomington office and we’ll be happy to help you.

It Starts With The Mouth

Your mouth is the entry point for both your digestive and respiratory tracts. This means that your overall health is affected by everything that enters your mouth. What is the number one thing that enters your mouth along with food and drink? Bacteria.

This bacteria is natural and feeds off the sugars in the food you eat, which it breaks down into acids that can eat away at your enamel and lead to tooth decay. It can also infect your gums and cause gum disease.

Poor Oral Health Leads To Bacterial Overgrowth

Too much of this bacteria causes tooth decay and periodontal disease. In the advanced stages, this results in tooth and bone loss. When the infection reaches serious levels, bacteria can also spill over into the bloodstream, which sets you up for other infections, including pneumonia, and can increase your chances of heart disease and diabetes.

Good Oral Health Keeps Bacteria In Check

If you maintain good oral health habits, the bacteria in your mouth will be kept at a healthy level and won’t be able to start an infection. This will prevent issues with tooth decay and gum disease. It also keeps you healthy overall.

How To Maintain Good Oral Health

Dental health is easy to maintain! You need to brush your teeth twice a day and replace your toothbrush every 3 to 6 months and after you’ve been sick. Avoid or limit sugary foods and drinks. You also need to see your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings twice a year. That’s it. Follow these tips, and you can keep your oral health for a lifetime.

Start New Habits Today!

If you’ve been lax in your oral hygiene routine, it’s not too late to make changes. Start following the tips above today and your oral health will improve immediately.

If it’s time for you to have a dental checkup or you have any dental health issues, contact us here at Distinctive Dental Care today. We serve families in Bloomington and throughout the Twin Cities Metro area and would love to have you as a patient!

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