Your oral health is more important than you might realize! Your mouth, teeth and gums can affect your general health.
Your oral health can offer clues about your overall health and problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body.
What’s the connection between oral health and overall health?
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — may play a role in some diseases. Certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.
To protect your oral health and overall health, practice good oral hygiene every day.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Floss daily.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
- Schedule regular dental checkups.
- Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
As a patient of oneHealth, we can help with your dental care needs. Assistance is available with one of our community partner dental centers: Yerger Family Dental, Hogan Family Dental and Big Sky Smile Center.