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How Does Oral Health Affect Overall Health?

March 28, 2018

Your teeth and gums can tell you much more about your body than you’d think, since the state of your oral health has an impact on your overall wellness. Here are just a few ways that your dental health can affect your overall health.

    • Digestive Health

Your mouth is the first point of contact for your digestive system. Your teeth help grind down food, while your saliva contains enzymes that help break down food further.

When food particles get trapped between your teeth and under your gums, they become a breeding ground for bacteria that can turn into cavities and decay if not properly treated. Swallowing that bacteria means that you’re constantly triggering your immune response to them, making it harder to fight off other infections that you may develop in the future.

    • Reproductive Health

Studies have shown that pregnant women with high bacteria levels in their mouths can increase their risk of giving birth to babies prematurely and with lower birth weights.

    • Heart Health

Bacteria found in plaque is known to release toxins that can build along your heart’s artery walls, which in turn can lead to heart disease.

    • Hormonal Health

Your saliva contains a lot of information about your body, including your hormone levels. Not to mention, it helps constantly wash bacteria off the surface of your teeth. Certain medications, smoking, and lack of oral hygiene can lead to decreased saliva production, which makes it easier to develop bad breath and tooth decay.

Monitor Your Overall Health With Your Dental Health

Gum recession and bad breath may be signs your immunity is compromised. Consult with your healthcare providers to find out the cause.

Going to the dentist means you’re taking an important step to take care of your total health. We are proud to help our patients lead healthy lives with beautiful smiles here at Arlington Dental Excellence and look forward to seeing you in our office.

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