You’ve heard your entire life that maintaining good dental health is essential. For optimal oral health, brush and floss your teeth every day and visit the dentist. However, did you realize that there’s a clear correlation between your dental health and your general health? Additionally, issues with your general health might also manifest themselves in your oral cavity.

Did you know that gum disease makes you 50% more likely to have a heart attack? It may surprise you to learn that dental plaque accumulation can both cause and be a sign of artery-related plaque accumulation. The term “oral-systemic link” refers to these mouth-body linkages. Your Crystal River Dental dentist, Dr. Lisa Piontek, will go over the key ways that your body’s systems interact, for good or bad.

Gum Conditions

Gum infection raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, low birth weight infants, bacterial pneumonia, and other conditions considerably. In actuality, at least 52 more systemic disorders are directly associated with gum disease. You might be more susceptible to health issues in these areas if you have gum disease because:

Bacteria love to live in the cozy environment of your mouth.
Blood vessels abound in your gums, which can swiftly spread bacterial diseases such as gum disease to other regions of your body.
Chronic inflammation, which is a symptom of gum disease, is a factor in many other systemic illnesses.
Gum disease is characterized by gum tissue inflammation and several other detrimental side effects. It’s critical to understand your risk factors and speak with your dentist about preventive measures if you want to keep your mouth free of gum disease and preserve your general health.

What is known about gum disease and other illnesses is as follows:

Research indicates a strong correlation between diabetes mellitus and periodontal disease, often known as gum disease. On the plus side, though, you can probably lower your blood sugar levels while treating your gum disease.
You have a significantly higher chance of developing heart disease if you already have gum disease or heart disease. Similar microorganisms are present in your blood after each of these illnesses.
Due to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, women may be more susceptible to gum disease since their bodies are less able to fend off infection. Another harmful indication for neonates is low birth weight, which has been connected to gum disease during pregnancy.
As your mouth and respiratory system are connected, taking better care of your teeth can help prevent and treat lung disease and other respiratory issues.
It’s crucial to brush and floss your teeth and gums every day to maintain good oral health. However, treating the infection is crucial if you have gum disease; this goes beyond simple brushing, flossing, or scaling and root planing. Dr. Piontek may recommend a unique rinse to help manage your illness.

Dental Wellness & Stress

The closed posture of your jaw and teeth is known as occlusion. You have malocclusion if your teeth cross over one another in an unhealthful manner. Malocclusion, sometimes referred to as a poor bite, is the most common cause for orthodontic referrals. A poor bite can lead to persistent TMJ discomfort, difficulty breathing and speaking, and other jaw-related issues.

You may experience tension from any or all of these problems, which will keep you from having a restful night’s sleep. Furthermore, sleep is crucial for preserving general health, as is well known. See your Crystal River Dental dentist if you believe that your dental health is interfering with your ability to obtain a good night’s sleep. Your dentist can assist you with treating chronic snoring or sleep apnea, which is another oral-systemic connection linked to a number of disorders.

Social Self-Assurance

Although the phrase “oral-systemic link” is typically used in medical contexts, we believe that your mental and social well-being are equally as vital as your physical well-being. The cleanliness and quality of your teeth may have a big influence on your self-esteem and level of personal fulfillment in life.

According to research, having a whiter grin increased one’s chances of receiving job offers, pay raises, and even being asked out on a second date. Speak with your dentist about all the ways that enhancing your dental health may enhance the rest of your life if you are self-conscious about your smile, for whatever reason.

Please give Crystal River Dental a call at (715) 258-8200 to schedule an appointment if you have any health issues that you haven’t discussed with your dentist. Get your oral health and overall well-being back on track without delay.