How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

It is a well-known fact that having good oral hygiene is the first step to maintaining optimal oral health and avoiding many dental issues that would otherwise develop and affect your teeth, gums, and even jawbone. 

Prevention can save us lots of teeth problems such as pain, infections, expenses, and procedures that can scare us. 

And while most of us are aware that good oral health is directly related to our teeth and our mouths in general, can oral health affect the overall state of our health and well-being?

How Is Oral Health Connected to Overall Health?

Our bodies are not formed by independent parts. Our systems are interconnected, and oral health issues can affect different parts of our bodies and create more health problems if not addressed and treated. 

Having poor oral hygiene can affect our oral health, which can be detrimental to our overall health. 

There are a lot of studies that show the connection between oral health and overall health. 

In fact, the riskiest dental disease, that has major effects on other parts of our body, is gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can turn into periodontal disease and affect your entire health. 

What Is Periodontal Disease? 

Since this is a condition that can significantly affect your body, it's important to understand how it works. 

Periodontal disease is mainly a consequence of having poor oral hygiene and skipping your dentist appointments. It starts as minor gum issues (gingivitis) and develops into periodontitis if not treated on time. This can easily be reversed by brushing, flossing, and rinsing together with preventive care.

Gum disease is an infection caused by the growing bacteria in the mouth that your teeth to the point of losing them. 

Gum disease is linked to many other conditions, such as:

  • Heart disease 
  • Diabetes 
  • Respiratory disease 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Pneumonia 

Gum disease is one of the most common inflammatory conditions. 

How Can Other Diseases Develop from Oral Problems?

The easiest way to explain these connections is that the bacteria growing in the mouth and leading to certain oral problems can easily spread to other parts of the body. Inflammation and infections can easily spread to other areas in our bodies, affecting our well-being and making us sick. 

Many of these issues can be prevented and treated with the help of your dentist. It’s not that they always go hand in hand, but when we experience oral problems, we can definitely prevent other health problems.

Schedule Your Next Visit with Monarch Dental Arts

At Monarch Dental Arts, we like to approach dentistry from a holistic view and look at the whole body, not just your teeth. That's how we make sure that you will receive the best treatment.  

Get in touch with us today if you have any questions or to book your appointment. 



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