Taking great care of your oral health is hugely important, not just generally speaking, but because of the oral-systemic connection.

What is the oral-systemic connection?

Oral systemic link refers to the connection between your oral health and the health of the rest of your body. Poor oral health is linked to several more serious health conditions. It’s important to take oral health seriously and engage in preventive methods to ward off tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Which conditions are linked to poor oral health?

Gum disease can result from poor oral hygiene; it begins with inflamed or bleeding gums and bad breath. At this stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis. This later stage of gum disease can result in gum recession that exposes the teeth and their roots, leaving gaps for the build-up of bacteria. In the worse cases, the roots can become severely damaged, and the teeth can even fall out.

Periodontal disease and poor oral health have been linked to conditions such as respiratory illnesses, heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications and some types of cancer. Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening condition that’s also been linked with tooth loss and periodontal bone loss. Bacteria and infections from your mouth and other parts of your body can spread through your bloodstream; a process that’s apparent in Endocarditis whereby the inner lining of your valves become infected. Prioritizing oral care is essential to prevent the build-up of bacteria.

Warning signs

Some symptoms in the mouth can be a warning sign that there is an underlying disease elsewhere in the body. If you notice any symptoms like ulcers or sores, swollen gums, dry mouth, sudden sensitivity or gum recession; you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to check your symptoms.

Taking care of your oral health

Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is of optimum importance in oral health care. Aggressive brushing can lead to gum recession, so ensure that you brush thoroughly but gently around the gums. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding foods and drinks with a high sugar content will also make sure that your teeth and gums stay in good condition. Drink lots of water because this will help to wash away bacteria and keep your teeth clean. See your dentist regularly so that they can provide a professional cleaning to eliminate the build-up of plaque. Dentists can also provide you with a fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth.

Links to your wellbeing

When we take care of our physical health, this affects our mental health positively too. Those who eat healthily, exercise and take good care of their teeth are setting themselves up to feel positive and happy. Excellent oral health can also affect your confidence because if you are unhappy with your teeth and gums, this could lead you to feel insecure and anxious. Staying on top of your oral care is a vital priority for both the body and mind! Contact us to schedule an appointment for treatment today!