Healthy Teeth and Gums for a Healthy Body
Healthy teeth and gums keep you free from tooth decay and gingivitis. However, according to your dentist in Burlington, healthy teeth and gums can also prevent other health issues.
Is there a Link between Overall Health and Oral Health?
Studies indicate that tooth decay and gum disease can put you in the high-risk category for preterm labor, stroke, heart attack, and diabetes. Chittenden Dental can’t stress the importance of healthy teeth and gums.
Your Mouth Reveals More Than You Know
Your mouth speaks volumes about your entire body. All your doctor has to do is take a swab to determine what is happening inside of your body. Like a window, your mouth reveals what is happening in your body.
Dental Plaque and Healthy Teeth and Gums
Although your saliva will protect you and your mouth against invasion, it doesn’t always do a thorough job. Over 500 different bacteria species thrive in the mouth 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The sticky film that clings to your teeth not only causes gum disease and tooth decay, but can also cause other health problems preventing healthy teeth and gums.
Poor oral hygiene allows plaque to accumulate between your teeth and gum line creating pockets that will eat away at the bone. Called gingivitis, this type of gum disease is reversible; however, if left untreated it will eventually develop into periodontal disease. Periodontitis cannot be reversed, but can be controlled.
How Bacteria Enters the Bloodstream
In a healthy environment, bacteria will not enter the bloodstream. Gum disease threatens that healthy environment allowing the bacteria to enter the bloodstream through pockets that were created from plaque and tartar. If a bacterium is in your blood, it will pose a threat to your immune system because those bacteria will stick to the vessels and valves in your heart, which could lead to endocarditis, or an infection in the heart.
Healthy Teeth and Gums keep the rest of your body healthy. Call or click for a dental checkup with Chittenden Dental today.
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