Ever thought about the link between oral health and overall health? You probably learned how to brush at a very tender age. For as long as you remember, your parents repeated the basics of oral care hygiene into your brain. But as an adult, oral health is no longer top of your priority list. With a hectic life, you may tend to pay attention to your overall health without paying attention to your oral health.
The reality is that our whole body is connected. If something is amiss in your mouth, it means that in a matter of time, the rest of your body will be in jeopardy and vice versa. For this reason, the dental team at Huntington Dental Excellence emphasizes oral health for patients in South Pasadena, California, as the first line of defense to maintaining a healthy, happier you.
Why you should prioritize your oral health
Knowing that your mouth is a window into the overall health of your body, oral care hygiene has never been more important. Brush twice a day, floss daily, avoid smoking, eat well, and see a dentist at your recommended intervals to maintain optimal oral health.
There is so much we can tell during your dental exam by just looking at your mouth. These screenings might look cliché, but they can save you a lot of money, time, and pain down the road. When your dentist arrests issues like oral cancer, gum disease, and cavities early, the chance of successful treatment soars high.
Disease linked to poor oral health
The Academy of General Dentistry research shows that gum disease leads to numerous health complications, including stroke and heart disease. Besides, studies show that about 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations. That means that most diseases in our body show symptoms in our mouth in the form of:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Broken teeth
- Mouth ulcers
- Dry mouth
- Lost teeth
As you can see, the impact of oral health on general health and well-being can never be overstated. The good news is that at-home oral care combined with dental appointments can help achieve optimal oral health, good for the rest of the body.