How Oral Health Affects Body Health

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How Oral Health Affects Body Health

Thinking about disease conditions that can be extremely detrimental to one’s overall health. Those that have to do with the mouth are often not the first that comes to mind, but oral health is not only important for strong teeth and gums, it is also critical to a person’s overall wellbeing. The mouth is filled with over 2,000 different types of bacteria and all of these have the potential to cause infections. Approximately 20 billion bacteria per hour will be growing inside of your mouth and as they proliferate, they secrete toxic chemicals that can harm your oral health and degrade your teeth and gums.

Periodontal disease destroys the gums and the jaw bones that hold teeth firmly inside of the mouth. If your gums look very red, are inflamed, bleeding, and feel painful, then you likely have periodontal disease. If any of these symptoms or more than one of them exist, it is best that you get to your local San Diego preventative dentist at McBride Dental for an examination and treatment.

Periodontal Disease and Your Health

How Mouth Health Affects Body HealthPeriodontal disease not only is unsightly but it can be very uncomfortable to deal with and even cause additional challenges and pain when chewing food. Further, it is dangerous for your overall health and wellbeing. 

When a patient has periodontal disease, the gums start to recede and the tissue breaks down while the jaw bone also becomes weakened and degenerates. This makes teeth less secure in the mouth and as a result, they can lose their place and become crooked and even be unable to stay firmly attached to the bone and they can fall out. The infection can cause breath to smell bad and the pain can make eating and speaking more difficult. In total, there are many negative repercussions of periodontal disease in the mouth that can plague a sufferer afflicted with the condition. 

It is not just the mouth though, where physical damage happens. If left untreated the bacteria will continue to grow and secrete those chemicals throughout the body. This has the potential to cause a plethora of other damaging and deadly diseases including:

  • Heart disease and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Sinuses issues
  • Vision problem
  • Lethargy
  • Foggy memory
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stroke

Taking care of your oral health is not only necessary for supporting healthful teeth and gums and preserving a beautiful smile. It is also incredibly important for the rest of our body to function properly and ward off disease development.

Dental health conditions and diseases may be treatable. The sooner an issue is identified and treatment applied, the better the outlook is for recovery. McBride Dental has a proficient and experienced San Marcos dentist that can help you better care for your oral health and overall wellbeing.

Speak with a San Diego Dentist Today

If you would like to schedule a professional dental cleaning or examination or if you are suffering some type of oral health disease condition and need assistance, please call the San Marcos gum disease dentist at McBride Dental at (760) 471-1003. 

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