Oral health linked to overall health

Although skipping that dreaded trip to the dentist may seem like a good idea at the time, studies have shown that poor oral health may lead to much bigger issues than a cavity. Our mouths harbor bacteria, which is why brushing, flossing, and regular checkups are crucial to one’s health. While the body naturally fight off some of the bacteria, prolonged neglect of oral hygiene can cause¬†gum disease. Gum disease is painful, causes bad breath, and even can result in the loss of a tooth. Further more, while those symptoms sound bad, gum disease has been linked to other health issues that are much worse.

The bacteria that causes gum disease can also cause digestion and elimination problems, and even coronary artery health. Scientists have found that people with heart diseases also often have oral infections as well. Oral infections and diseases cause blood vessels to become inflamed, which are factors that can increase the risk of heart disease and having a stroke.

Though these symptoms are worrisome, gum diseases and other oral infections are preventable with routine checkups, cleanings, and proper care. To schedule your next appointment and keep your mouth and body healthy, call experienced Leander dentist Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. at (512) 259-3365.