Oral Care Can Affect Your General Health

By Kendra L. Patterson, DMD | Dental Clinic

Jul 19

Don’t be surprised if at your next physical checkup your doctor asks when you last saw your dentist, especially if you suffer from heart disease or diabetes but also as a general rule. Research has proven that there is a specific correlation between oral health and general body health. This only makes good sense since the mouth is after all, a most important part of the body. It is in fact, the point of entry for the nutrients that promote good health and the disease causing germs that are the cause of many diseases.

Most of the bacteria that thrives so well in the moist environment of your mouth is harmless but if it goes unchecked it could multiply to an infectious level. Proper oral care such as brushing and flossing along with regularly scheduled professional attention is the only way to control the buildup of oral bacteria.

Oral bacteria can easily be spread to other parts of the body once it enters the bloodstream. If your heart for instance, is weakened in any way the bacteria could lead to further infection or disease.

Periodontitis is an advanced stage of the gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and is a suspected cause of complications for women who are pregnant. Proper care of teeth and gums are important preventive measures.

Kendra Pattern, DDS promotes the importance of preventive care both at home and in the dental environment. Call 303-722-9504 for your appointment.

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