Is my oral health and overall health closely related


Yes, your oral health and overall health are closely related and have a significant impact on each other. Maintaining good oral hygiene is not only important for a bright smile, but also for your overall health and well-being.


Studies have shown that poor oral health can lead to various health problems such as gum disease (periodontitis), which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation. The bacteria can contribute to the development of these chronic diseases.  Poor oral health can also be a sign of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, premature births, and osteoporosis. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes appear to develop periodontitis more often than those who control their diabetes.


The bacteria in dental plaque that develops on your teeth can affect other parts of your body, such as your heart and lungs. Plaque in the gums is linked to both bacterial endocarditis (enlargement of the lining of the heart valves) and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The American Academy of Periodontology says people are more likely to suffer from heart disease if they have periodontal disease.


Research continues to show a strong link between healthy gums and a healthy heart. This is why it is very important to take good care of your gums.  A healthy mouth can help prevent many health problems. Regular brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and maintain overall health. Good oral hygiene also plays a role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Brushing and flossing can remove harmful bacteria from the mouth, reducing the risk of infection and disease.


Oral health and overall health are closely related, and maintaining good oral hygiene can help prevent various health problems. Regular visits to the dentist, proper brushing and flossing, and a healthy diet are essential to maintain a healthy mouth and body. By taking care of your oral health, you can also improve your overall health and well-being.


Dr Hang Le and her team at My Fairfax Dental can help you prevent or treat the main causes of gum disease. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get the smile you deserve.

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