The link between oral health and overall health

While taking care of your smile not only keeps it looking great, doing wonders for your self-confidence, but this self-care extends beyond the obvious cosmetic benefits. In addition to preventing conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay, it also keeps the entire body healthy too! How, you ask?

Understanding periodontal disease

The team of My Great Smile in Springfield, MA want patients to understand that routine and preventative care of the smile is not just for their oral health. The mouth is a starting point for more serious infections. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection that starts in the soft tissues and can spread through the mouth. It is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, bone loss, and gum recession.

But the bacteria in the mouth doesn’t just stay there. In fact, the bacteria enters into the bloodstream and can be carried to other parts of the body. When it impacts the organs, it can cause infection and inflammation that can lead to problems such as heart disease and liver disease. Bactria from periodontal disease has also been linked to certain mental health conditions including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dental diseases such as periodontal disease can also contribute to other general health concerns as well. For example, the inflammation of the gums might cause discomfit that leads to limited or poor nutritional choices, magnifying symptoms of diabetes due to poor maintenance of blood sugar levels. On the flip side, patients with diabetes may also contribute to dental problems, making it more important than ever for patients to pay close attention to their oral health and wellness. With routine and preventative care, as well as good home care habits, patients can maintain good overall health and wellness along with better oral health.

Partner with a dentist for better oral health and wellness

At My Great Smile, we offer Springfield, MA area patients a selection of services that can help them avoid periodontal disease, cavities, and other conditions that can impact the smile—and the body! Call Drs. David Peck, Pablo Velastegui, and Mahmoud Homsi at (413) 781-7645 to book a consultation visit with our team at 41 Taylor Street, Floor #4.

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