Your smile is a window to your health. Your teeth hold clues to other underlying health issues that you may be suffering from, and oral diseases can also affect the rest of your body. Here are just a few examples of how oral health affects your overall health.
The state of your teeth can impact your digestive system. The more plaque and bacteria builds up in your mouth, the more likely you are to swallow it every time you eat or drink. Unless you have a very strong immune system, you are increasing your chances of getting sick if you don’t brush and floss your teeth twice a day.
Just as swallowing bacteria from your mouth can impact your digestion, so too can it impact pregnancy. The more bacteria flowing through your bloodstream, the more likely you are to deliver a baby prematurely or with low birth weight.
Ability to Fight Infection
If you smoke or have a compromised immunity from ailments like HIV/AIDS or diabetes, you are more likely to develop oral diseases like periodontitis at a rapid rate. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is a great way to monitor your immune system and gauge your ability to fight infections.
Bacteria found in plaque can actually create toxins that build in your heart’s artery walls, leading to heart disease.
Stress and Hormones
It may sound surprising, but your saliva holds a lot of information about your health. It can be used to measure your hormone levels and detect toxins in your body. If you have a lot of bacteria buildup in your mouth, you may experience a decreased production in saliva. Since saliva helps wick bacteria off of your teeth, you are more likely to experience tooth decay when you have chronic dry mouth.
Maintaining your oral health can make a great impact on your overall health. Just brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist twice a year can keep your entire body healthy! Dr. Mills and the rest of the team at Covenant Dentistry are here to help keep you healthy. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!Contact Us