Just as nail health can be a reflection of other conditions in the body, dental health can indicate problems in the rest of the body too. UNI Urgent Care wants to help you lower risks of disease by taking proper care of your mouth through understanding the connection between oral/dental health and overall health.Your mouth is full of bacteria and enzymes helping to digest and move food through the body. Typically, this natural defense system paired with good oral health can lessen your risk of any sort of gum disease or tooth decay. Without proper oral hygiene, however, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections and even initiate bigger problems in other organs, especially the heart.*
Studies show that oral health can contribute to a number of conditions. When bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas, it results in an infection of the heart called Endocarditis. Clogged arteries, cardiovascular disease, and stroke may also be linked to the inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria. Problems in the mouth have also been linked to pregnancy with premature births and low birth weights.
While there are conditions contributed to by oral health, similarly, there are other conditions that can affect the health of your mouth. These may include diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Brushing your teeth, flossing, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use and scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings can greatly reduce your risk of any dental disease or dental-related conditions! A healthy mouth is a healthy body. If you have noticed a change in your mouth, teeth or gums, experiencing any sort of pain or if you want to prevent disease, stop by your nearest UNI Urgent Care for professional and effective care.