Keeping on top of your oral health is key when it comes to making sure that your whole body stays healthy! The bacteria that occur naturally in your mouth can produce harmful bacteria such as strep and staph, which can lead to serious infections and sickness.
When you follow good dental habits like daily brushing and flossing, as well as eating a healthy diet, you can discourage harmful bacteria from traveling from your mouth to other parts of your body. Further protection can be achieved by learning more about the link between oral hygiene and a healthy body.
Until recently, tooth decay was the most common dental problem because of the lack of regular dental care and research behind fluoride. However, tooth decay is much less problematic today, due to fluoridated water, and toothpastes that contain fluoride.
Currently, gum disease has replaced tooth decay as the most frequent dental problem. Periodontal disease is on the rise among adults because people don't floss regularly and then ignore gum tenderness and bleeding. If left unchecked, periodontitis can cause inflammation that may cause harm to other body parts.
Many scientists now believe inflammation-related infections can trigger systemic disease or intensify existing conditions. Remember, bacterial overgrowth in inflamed gum tissue is able to enter the bloodstream through the eating processes, which is why that it is so vital to visit our office if you ever notice a sustained gum irritation and any inflammation in your mouth.
Caring for your teeth and gums every day can prevent the onset of disease and save you trouble in the future with regard to your body's health. If you think that you may be showing signs of periodontal disease, have any questions, or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!