Maintaining regular visits with your dentist and practicing good dental hygiene at home goes beyond keeping your smile pretty and healthy. Many health problems can begin with symptoms in the mouth, which means your dentist may be the first person to notice a problem or determine if you are at risk for certain medical conditions. When your mouth is healthy, you have a better chance at having good overall health too.
There is a strong correlation between gum disease and other health complications such as stroke and heart disease. In addition, pregnant women with gum disease are at an increased risk for pre-term labor and low birth-weight babies.
There are also other systemic diseases that can have oral symptoms such as red, inflamed gums, ulcers or dry mouth, including: diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and kidney disease.
Brushing and flossing regularly is the number one way to prevent gum disease. Beyond that, it’s important to keep regular dental exams so that the dentist can identify any potential signs of gum disease early while it’s easy to treat.
Poor dental hygiene and other health problems
Poor dental hygiene can lead to other health problems. Infections in the mouth can spread through the blood and cause serious problems in the heart and other major organs. Digestion problems such as IBS and intestinal failure can also begin because of poor oral health.
Tips to improve oral health
Keeping your mouth healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Follow these tips at home in addition to seeing your dentist regularly.
- Brush your teeth twice daily, and floss every day
- Eat a nutritious diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Avoid smoking or tobacco products
If you are in the Greensboro, NC area, call us today at and schedule a dental exam.