The Oral and Overall Health Connection You Can’t Ignore

Your dentist in Burlington understands the connection between oral and overall health. That link involves gum disease and the rest of your body.

Scientists believe that gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease, allow bacteria to flow through the bloodstream. Your Burlington dentist cannot stress the importance of good oral hygiene including regular dental checkups with Chittenden Dental.

The Link Between Oral and Overall Health

Research indicates that pockets between the gums and teeth allow food debris and bacteria to enter your bloodstream flowing to the rest of your body. That plaque attacks your arteries as well as the blood vessels in your heart. This in itself indicates a link between gum disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke.

It’s also interesting to note that people with Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes have a higher rate of periodontitis than people who don’t as well.

Good and Bad Bacteria

The Mayo Clinic explains that just like the rest of your body, your mouth is loaded with bacteria.

While most is completely harmless, there is always bad bacteria lurking and if it gets out of control, it will overtake the good stuff. That happens when you practice bad oral health habits. Brushing twice and flossing once each day is the best defense against harmful bacteria. Dr. Mike Morris recommends using an antibacterial mouth rinse as well.

Oral Bacteria and Inflammation

Associated with the most severe type of gum disease, periodontitis, which causes severe inflammation, could be to blame for the link. Certain systemic diseases can lower your immunity as well. Diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes lower your body’s resistance making you more susceptible to disease.

Other diseases and conditions that may be connected to oral health include:
  • Endocarditis
  • Pneumonia
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • HIV/Aids
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Certain Cancers
  • Immune System Disorders

Protecting Your Oral and Overall Health

Chittenden Dental cannot stress the importance of practicing good oral hygiene. Protect your oral and overall health and;

  • Brush twice with a soft bristled toothbrush for 2 minutes
  • Floss every day
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Limit sugar intake
  • Replace your toothbrush when it starts to fray or every three months
  • See your dentist regularly
  • Schedule bi annual professional dental cleanings

If you would like to learn more about the connection between oral and overall health, call and talk to Dr. Mike Morris from Chittenden Dental. Your dentist really is the first to know if something doesn’t seem right.

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