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How Your Oral Health Affects Your Body

Think of the last time you had a canker sore in your mouth. Can you believe something so small could cause such an annoyance? Maybe it even put you in a bad mood. You can’t always control when you’re going to get a canker sore but this is an example that when your mouth isn’t feeling well, your overall health and wellness declines. To take it one step further, if you don’t take care of your mouth, your overall body is at risk of illness—and serious illness at that.

A Gateway to the Body

The mouth is described as the “gateway to your body.” Think of everything that goes in and out of your mouth—air, food, water. Some of the things may unintentionally bring infection. Failing to take care of your mouth causes bacteria build up resulting in infection, inflammation and worse case scenario periodontitis. Research shows us that there is a close link between periodontitis and serious diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Inflammation in the mouth weakens the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels resulting in diabetes. This same inflammation causes the blood vessels in the mouth to swell increasing blood pressure and the chance of a heart attack.

What to Do

To avoid any sort of gum disease—and the diseases mentioned above—it’s essential to take care of your mouth. Your dentist meant it when he or she said to brush and floss daily! Avoid foods that cause decay like soda, sugary treats and sticky foods. Smoking also invites infection and disease. Sound like a broken record? Maybe. But now we see that an unhealthy mouth doesn’t stop there—it affects your whole body and health.

Take care of yourself by starting with your mouth. If you are in need of root canal treatment don’t risk more damage being done to your tooth by an inexperienced dentist. Let the specialists take care of it and know that we are here to help you have a healthy life.

Posted:  3/28/2016 2:03 PM
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