Oral Health Plays a Key Role in Overall Health
Oral hygiene encompasses and affects all different parts of the body. Your teeth, gums, and even tongue can be linked to several different complications in your overall health. Gum disease can cause a variety of problems throughout the body, because it is linked to our blood stream.
So…. what affects my oral health?
Saliva plays a key role in washing away bacteria in your mouth. After consuming food or sugary drinks, saliva washes away the leftover debris. Saliva has phosphate and calcium which are essential minerals to rebuild strong and healthy teeth.
According to the Dental Health Foundation, “Diet is a risk factor for dental caries, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers and obesity.” Sugary foods and drinks leave bacteria which can cause caries and periodontal disease. Naturally, a well-balanced diet promotes not only general heart health but oral health as well.
While rumors have been going around questioning the validity of flossing, it is quite essential to prevent caries (cavities) in-between our teeth. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once per day to prevent plaque build-up and gum disease.
You should schedule a dental check-up if….
- Gums are red and swollen
- Gums bleed when you floss/brush/eat
- You have a bad taste in your mouth or severe halitosis (bad breath)
- You have constant pain or swelling in or around your jaw
- You have sharp pain when chewing
Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and lead to thousands of dollars in future expenses if left untreated. To ensure where you stand from an oral health standpoint, Dr. Kavanaugh, as well as his dental assistants and hygienists, are here to help provide tips, answer questions, and explain how you could improve to prevent problems in the future!
To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 317.846.7700