The Oral-Systemic Link
The average American visits the dental office more often than his or her physician. Because of this, many dentists are the first to detect abnormalities in health. Paying a visit to your dentist can save more than just your teeth.
Gum Disease and Your Health
Periodontal health indicates more than just oral health. Bacteria that causes gum disease can enter the blood stream and infect the body, causing other health issues related to overall wellness. Brushing and flossing twice a day can be a great contributor in combatting periodontal disease.
Gum disease has been linked with an increased risk of diabetes, heart conditions, pregnancy complications, digestive issues, respiratory disease, and prostate cancer. Inflammation produced by gum disease can impair the body’s ability to function properly, such as with producing enough insulin, or cause other health complications. Bacteria build up from gum disease can enter the blood stream and travel throughout the entire body, making it important to maintain dental health.
Take the Proactive Approach
While dentists are trained to evaluate your dental health, it is also important to understand what to look for when receiving an examination to improve your chances of early detection. Our dentist looks for the following indicators:
- Pale and receding gums
- Smoothness on the tongue
- Shrinking tongue
- Sever bleeding and inflammation around the teeth and gums
- Aching bones and joints
- Lesions around the mouth
- Dry mouth
- Sensitive teeth
- Bumps and lumps around the mouth
Many of these symptoms are linked with several medical issues, including: diabetes, anemia, leukemia, pemphigusvulgaris, menopause, bulimia, and lichen planus. Maintaining optimal oral health encouraging the body’s overall resistance to developing such aforementioned complications.
In addition to regular visits to the dental office, flossing and brushing can be especially important in an individual’s routine hygiene. Gum disease occurs when tartar builds up below the gum line and causes periodontal pockets to develop, a housing area for bacteria to develop and enter the blood stream. Maintaining a rigorous hygiene routine ensures individuals remove plaque before it turns to tartar.
Find Out More
Learn more about maintaining optimal oral health and encouraging overall wellness by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Jackson Anderson. Visit our dental practice in Colorado Springs, and discover how you can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.