Can Poor Oral Health Damage Your Overall Health?

Posted on February 19, 2018 in General Dentistry, Oral Health Tips

For many of us, proper oral health care is boring. Brushing and flossing aren’t the most engaging activities and some people can find it difficult to be motivated to practice good oral hygiene. If you’re one of these people, read on to learn why you should be taking these activities more seriously.

What Is the Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health?

Your mouth harbors bacteria. And while most of it won’t cause you any harm, it can if it reaches a certain level. When that occurs, you develop gum disease.

While gum disease has long been thought by most people to be no big deal, there’s plenty of research to suggest that it has a significant impact on your overall health.

Are Certain Diseases Linked to Poor Oral Health?

Unfortunately, there are a number of diseases that have been linked to poor oral health. These include:

Finally, there are other conditions that researchers believe may be linked to gum disease including: premature birth, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain cancers.

How Can I Take Good Care of My Oral Health?

There are a number of things you can do to improve your overall oral health:

For some patients, the number of times you need to see your dentist each year might be even higher, depending on the health of your mouth. If you notice any negative changes in your mouth—bleeding gums, pain, or lesions, for example—seeing your dentist is even more important.

Speaking of your dentist, are we due for some quality time together? If so, it’s easy to schedule your visit. Simply call our office at 614.328.9489 or schedule an appointment online.

We are located at 6304 Scioto Darby Road in Hilliard and offer early morning and evening hours for your convenience.