Taking good care of your oral health gives you a great smile that can do wonders for your confidence. However, it also goes beyond cosmetic benefits as dental problems can also lead to serious diseases.
Your mouth can be a starting point for more serious infections, and once an infection starts, it can make its way into other parts of the body, especially the liver and the heart. Bacteria from gingivitis can also bring about mental health problems, causing dementia and even leading to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mouth bacteria most typically makes its way into the body via the bloodstream but they can also spread through inhalation. Breathing can carry bacteria from infections in the tooth and gums straight to your throat and the lungs, causing respiratory problems ranging from sore throats to pneumonia.
Sometimes, dental diseases can indirectly cause other general health problems too. For example, inflammation of the gums can limit food choices, making it more difficult to control blood sugar intake and magnifying the symptoms of diabetes. On the other hand, diabetes can make someone more susceptible to dental problems, causing an endless cycle that just worsens over time. Dental problems can also put a strain on your body’s immune system, making you more vulnerable to all sorts of diseases when left unattended.
Partnering with a Dentist for Better Overall Health
With so much at risk, it’s wise to seek help from a dentist as soon as you see the earliest signs of dental problems. Actually, it’s better if you don’t wait until a problem arises before you schedule a dentist appointment. Regular dental checkups catch problems before they worsen, limiting the risk that a dental issue affects your overall health. For best results, schedule a visit to your dentist at least twice a year.
Your dentist can do wonders for your overall health but did you know that there are different specialists you can turn to for specific dental needs? Learn more about them in Part 3.