You know how important it is to take care of your health. That means eating right, exercising, and cutting down on alcohol consumption. You also strive to take great care of your teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day and avoiding sugary drinks and snacks. But did you know that the health of your teeth and gums plays a major role in your overall health?

Many studies conclusively link the connection between oral health and general health and well-being, and the condition of the mouth, teeth, and gums can directly reflect signs and symptoms of widespread diseases and illnesses that can cause systemic complications. In some cases, poor oral health can leave to an increased risk of death.

At Willow Chase Dentistry, we strive to not just help our patients get the smiles they’ve always wanted, but we also strive to protect their health. We know that a beautiful and healthy smile doesn’t just look healthy—it is healthy. If you’re concerned about your oral health and want a checkup, cleaning, or other procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What Conditions Are Associated with Poor Oral Health?

Not taking proper care of your teeth and gums can lead to more than just cavities and gum disease. Serious, potentially life-threatening conditions associated with poor oral health include:

Heart disease
Heart disease refers to the hardening of the arteries in the heart. Poor oral health can cause this condition when gums become inflamed. That can lead to bacteria entering the bloodstream. Over time, plaque builds up inside the walls of the arteries, decreasing blood flow throughout the body.

Dementia
Many oral health conditions are associated with an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth, including gingivitis. Research shows that bacteria associated with many gingivitis can enter the bloodstream via the gums and cause damage to the brain that can result in dementia.

Respiratory infections
The lungs are highly efficient at filtering out foreign bodies, but they can’t keep them at bay indefinitely. Gum disease and other oral health complications can cause constant lung exposure to bacteria, which can overwhelm them and result in respiratory infections.

Diabetes complications
People with diabetes should be particularly concerned with their dental health, as inflamed gums and the symptoms associated with periodontal disease can lead to irregular blood sugar levels, causing potentially severe complications.

Take Care of Your Oral Health. Call Sango’s Family Dentist Today.

Even the best at-home oral hygiene needs the assistance and observation of a qualified dental team. At Willow Chase Dentistry, we’ll make sure your teeth, gums, and mouth are in tip-top shape, helping you avoid oral health problems and general health problems. Make a dental appointment today!