Your dentist and the dental assistants in the office probably frequently stress the importance of setting and following a healthy oral care regimen. While it is likely safe to assume that dental professionals want to spare you the atrocities of having (and the expense of treating) things such as tooth loss, abscesses, gum disease, and cavities but is there even more to their concern for your oral well-being?
Listed below are just a few ways that your oral hygiene affects your overall health and how some oral issues are early warning signs of much larger health problems.
Most people are unaware that substandard oral health is closely linked to many chronic health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Even though the relationships between your oral health and a few of these chronic conditions are unable to be wholly explained, more than enough scientific research has been conducted to assure specialists and dentists alike that a positive correlation exists between the two.
Certain types of oral bacteria have been affiliated with certain lung and heart maladies. Additionally, the excessive build-up of these bad bacteria inside of your mouth can reduce your body’s natural infection-resisting capabilities. It is even possible for endocarditis or chronic pneumonia to evolve from an otherwise minor ailment should these oral bacteria enter your lungs and/or heart.
Diabetes has a well-documented connection with gum disease, particularly in diabetics who are unable or unwilling to manage their blood sugar level. Due to the fact that diabetics have a harder time fighting off infections, seemingly small gum problems can easily turn into an acute form of gum disease or something much more serious.
Shoddy oral health is also able to increase your odds of developing autoimmune conditions and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis which, under certain circumstances, has been directly connected to gum disease.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.