For the longest time, general dentistry has been deemed one of the more innocuous fields of medicine. After all, dental visits are only required twice a year, and oral health maintenance is pretty low-key, with teeth brushing and flossing as the most common prescriptions. However, according to recent studies, toothaches and other dental pains can presage a lot more than just a bit of pain brought about by an overindulgence in sweets.
Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
It’s important to take care of our oral health. Our mouth provides an entrance to our body, and a healthy mouth—in case you don’t know it yet–ensures our body’s overall health. Infections that begin in the mouth often manage to spread to other parts of the body. Fremont family dental care office of Dr. Sheila Dobee emphasizes the importance of this holistic view and is committed to educating its patients towards better dental health practices.
In a WebMD article, Joanne Barker talks about how other health problems begin in the gums and teeth:
“To understand how the mouth can affect the body, it helps to understand what can go wrong in the first place. Bacteria that builds up on teeth make gums prone to infection. The immune system moves in to attack the infection and the gums become inflamed. The inflammation continues unless the infection is brought under control.
Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe gum disease, known as periodontitis. Inflammation can also cause problems in the rest of the body.”
That is only the beginning. Periodontitis has been linked to several serious medical conditions. Periodontal disease weakens the ability of the body to control blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes. Sufferers from heart disease also have been noted to have a higher incidence of gum disease. Other circumstances link gum inflammation to obesity, osteoporosis, lung conditions and others.
This is why it is important to pay attention to our oral health and take care of our teeth and gums. Children are at greater risk from dental problems, with their propensity for eating sweets, and they should receive special attention. This does not exempt adults though, who often take their dental health for granted. Dr. Sheila Dobee knows how to guide families in taking care of their oral health. Families should consult with their dentist regularly and pay heed to their dentist’s advice to ensure that their teeth and gums remain in top condition.
(Source: Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection, January 4, 2012)