November 30, 2016
Think gum disease, cavities, and bad breath are the worst that can happen when you neglect your dental health? Think again. As your dentist in Beaumont, Dr. Olson at West End Dental Group sees the link between your oral and overall health every single day. What goes on in your mouth can affect or be affected by a number of other factors in the body — especially the gums.
How Gum Disease Affects a Healthy Body
The gums are the gateway to the rest of your body, and we are learning more about how their health affects your systemic well-being every year. The toll gum disease takes on the body is so significant that some people are pressing for a vaccine to prevent the chronic condition. It is the most significant cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 30.
Gum disease has also been linked to serious heart problems. The risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack is higher for people with periodontitis. High blood glucose levels are also linked to gum disease, meaning sufferers are more likely to have uncontrolled diabetes, too.
Fluctuations of hormones during pregnancy can also bring about a temporary form of the gum condition. This “pregnancy gingivitis” is usually minor and brief, but should still be monitored by your dentist. If it turns into full-blown gum disease, the risks of premature birth and low birth weight increase.
Tooth Loss Takes a Big Bite Out of a Happy Life
Most adults over the age of 35 are missing at least one tooth. Dental implants provide an excellent replacement that protects and promotes oral health — but left unreplaced, tooth loss can quickly impact an otherwise healthy body.
The jawbone needs stimulation from the tooth’s root to stay healthy. Without it, its structure will gradually degenerate, reabsorbing as the body sends minerals to other areas of the body, instead. A weaker jawbone cannot support the teeth as easily, and further tooth loss is likely to occur. The more teeth that are missing, the more difficulty you will have eating, speaking, and smiling with ease. Indeed, people dealing with tooth loss are more likely to suffer from poor nutrition and lower self-confidence.
Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease for Better Overall Health
What can you do to improve your overall health by way of your teeth and gums? You probably already know the basics of good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss daily. Visit your dentist as recommended for preventive appointments to keep your teeth and gums as healthier. Patients of all ages should visit the dentist at least every six months, whether you think you need to or not.
Smoking and tobacco use is also a significant cause of gum disease and oral cancer. Kicking the habit is crucial for your oral and overall health. Talk to your doctor if you are ready to quit but unsure where to begin.
When was your last visit to West End Dental Group? If it has been more than six months, you’re overdue for preventive attention. We invite you to set up your dental appointment with the family dentist in Beaumont today!
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