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How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

There are a number of ways that your oral health affects your overall health and well-being.  Problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body which is why it is so important to be aware of things like decayed teeth, periodontitis or gum issues, as well as lingering sores in your mouth or throat.  Make sure you can do what you can to stay healthy by being aware of the connection between your oral health and overall health.

What is the connection?

Your mouth is full of bacteria which if left unchecked, can lead to infections, tooth decay, and gum disease.  Generally, your immune system along with daily brushing and flossing can keep these bacteria in check, however if you have a weakened immune system or do not have good oral hygiene habits, then tooth decay or gum disease may set in.

Certain medications that you might be taking which can restrict saliva flow can also cause problems in your mouth.  Acids produced by bacteria in your mouth need to be neutralized to prevent overgrowth and saliva is the key to this neutralization and disease prevention.

Oral bacteria and periodontitis (severe gum disease) may also play a role in causing some other diseases in your body.  With that, diseases like HIV and diabetes can affect your body’s immune system making you susceptible problems in your mouth.

What can you do?

Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups will help tremendously in achieving and maintaining good oral health which in turn will support your overall health.  If you’re in our area or are coming for a visit, call our Las Vegas dentist office at 702.759.0005 and we’ll help you live a healthier life.

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