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How Oral Health Can Affect Overall Health

When we think about the benefits of good oral hygiene, the immediate and visible impacts are often the ones we notice most. If you brush your teeth regularly, your breath will smell better and your teeth will look clean and presentable. If you floss regularly, your gums will be strong and resistant to things like bleeding and more severe issues like gum disease. Most problems stemming from oral hygiene missteps we regularly think of from cavities to gingivitis mostly exist on the surface. They seem to only impact our oral health. That’s at least how we perceive the problems.

However, what many people don’t realize is that oral health has a profound impact on overall health. This means that a dental problem can affect your body outside the area inside your mouth and around your jaw. There are many ways this can happen and City Dental Centers is here to discuss some of those potential issues.

Mouth Infections Spread Bacteria Via the Bloodstream

There are several kinds of infections that can occur in the oral cavity and spread throughout the body. Typically, mild gingivitis and more severe periodontitis, or gum disease, if treated early on will not spread in such a way. However, gingivitis can become gum disease which in turn can become an infection that spreads throughout the body. Another potential outcome is trench mouth, which is a severe form of gum infection also known as acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis. Bacteria from this condition also can spread throughout the body.

Another important thing to note is that your bloodstream while healthy can flush much of the bacteria from your body without making it spread. However, quite often your immune system is NOT healthy when you have a bacterial infection. This is true even if the infection only appears to be affecting your oral hygiene.

Sometimes dentists and doctors are placed in a tricky situation when treating problems with medications or treatments and an open sore is in the mouth cavity. The reason is medications and treatments can impact the mouth’s saliva flow and balance of healthy bacteria used as part of the body’s defense system. This means bacteria can develop and spread even easier.

Cardiovascular Disease

It’s been discovered that some instances of clogged arteries and blood clots may originate from oral inflammation due to bacteria. This can include as minor of conditions as mild gingivitis all the way up to severe periodontitis. It’s been found that the bacteria in the mouth may cause inflammation throughout the body, including in the arteries. This may result in plaque in the arteries, potentially leading to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Poorly Controlled Diabetes

Chronic gum disease can make diabetes more difficult to manage. Infection can also cause insulin resistance, which disrupts blood sugar control.

Preterm Birth

If you are pregnant, you may also want to consider resolving any oral health issues as severe gum disease may increase the risk of preterm delivery or giving birth to a low weight baby. Some estimates say as many as 18% of low birth weight babies born in the U.S. every year may be attributed to oral infections.

If you are concerned about an oral health issue, contact City Dental Centers today!

City Dental Centers is Here for YOU!

City Dental Centers and City Dental Kids & Braces are the number one choice in resolving your dental  needs. We understand that your health and well being is of vital importance to you and your family. Let us help when it comes to all your dental and oral health concerns! We look forward to continuing to serve you and our communities both locally and abroad. There’s always more you can learn as a dentist, and we look forward to continuing to better serve you in the months and years to come!

Dentist in Pico Rivera

City Dental Centers and City Dental Kids & Braces were established by Dr. Sam Shahoveisi and Dr. Michael Danial to bring the experience of being like family to patients. With multiple locations across Southern California, City Dental Centers and City Dental Kids & Braces are the best choice for any and all of your dental concerns. The professionalism of their doctors will ensure you the best possible care before, during, and after your dental procedure.

For questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 888-764-5326. 

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