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How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

You probably know already that good oral health is paramount for a beautiful and lasting smile. So, you brush and floss daily and visit your dentist regularly

But, did you know that good oral health means more than just a healthy smile? In fact, your oral health can dramatically influence your overall well-being. 

How is that possible? 

Let's find out!

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body 

Most of us tend to think of our oral health and general health as two separate entities. In reality, they are more connected than you may realize. 

Your mouth is the entryway for millions of bacteria. Most of them are harmless and our bodies can keep them under control IF you practice good oral hygiene. 

When the number of bacteria gets out of control and they multiply at a fast rate, they can enter the bloodstream and affect your health. 

One study found that oral health is one of the ten main indicators of good overall health. 

Health Issues Caused By Bad Oral Health 

Poor oral health might contribute to numerous conditions, such as: 

  • Cardiovascular Disease 

Although the connection has yet to be established, research suggests that gum disease can lead to cardiovascular problems. One study found that people who suffer from periodontal disease are twice more likely to suffer from heart disease. 

  • Dementia 

One large study found that the bacteria responsible for gum disease can also lead to Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. When left untreated, bacteria from the gums can enter the bloodstream and travel to the brain 

  • Respiratory Infections 

Bacteria from your mouth can also travel to your lungs, causing various respiratory infections, such as pneumonia. 

  • Diabetes 

It's been shown that people with gum disease have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar levels. These spikes can increase your chances of developing diabetes. But, the connection is two-way. Because it's more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels, their risk of developing gum diseases is higher. 

  • Pregnancy Complications 

Pregnancy can increase your risk of developing certain oral health problems. Left untreated, these problems can affect your unborn baby. One study found a connection between gum disease and premature birth. 

  • Kidney Disease

Cavities and gum disease are usually a sign that bacteria in your mouth multiplied beyond control. When that happens, chronic inflammation can occur in different parts of your body, such as the kidneys. If you already suffer from kidney disease, oral health problems can further exacerbate your condition. 

  • Arthritis 

Studies have found that the bacteria that cause gingivitis can also trigger arthritis. 

Keep Good Oral Health with Ivory Dental Studio

As you can see, good oral health is essential for good overall health. At Ivory Dental Studio, we will make sure that your teeth and mouth are in perfect condition. 

Get in touch with us now to book your appointment.

Come for the care, stay for the experience.

Going to the dentist shouldn’t be a drag. At Ivory Dental Studio, we tailor your visit from the moment you walk through our doors. Step into a smile experience that not only elevates your oral health but pampers you as well. It’s our mission to exceed your expectations with our soothing amenities, custom treatments, and compassionate approach to dentistry. If you’re looking for a new dental home in Niagra Falls, Dr. Gill is delighted to give you the care you deserve.

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