For years you been brushing and flossing because it’s the best thing for your oral health right? While that is definitely correct, did you know your oral health has a lot to do with your overall health? Our professionals at West Village Dental Care have put together this list of health benefits of good dental hygiene.
- Better Gum Health: Oral bacteria is common, some are healthy and some aren’t. Brushing and flossing help to remove food particles that feed the bacteria. Bacteria then causes plaque which results in decay. Excess plaque leads to inflammation and tenderness of gums. This can eventually lead to gum disease.
- Lowered Risk of Heart Attack: Bacteria can cause gums to bleed. This blood can travel to the bloodstream contributing to heart disease. Gum disease can increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 50%.
- Reduced Infertility Risk: Mouth inflammation can spread to other areas of the body. In women, this can make conceiving a child difficult.
- Healthier Pregnancy: Some studies suggest that gum disease is linked to serious pregnancy complications such as preterm birth and low birth weight.
- Type 2 Diabetes Risk Lowered: Inflammation caused by gum disease can make it harder for your body to process insulin.
- Healthier Lungs: That harmful mouth bacteria we talked about, can be inhaled into your lungs causing harmful respiratory infections.
- Lower Risk of Cancer: Again, the bacteria in our mouths can contribute to certain kinds of cancer. Although not fully researched, bacteria grown in your mouth can boost the growth of cancer cells.
With so many obvious health benefits associated with good oral hygiene, why don’t we all just do it? According to the CDC, 50% of all Americans 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. Don’t be numbered in that 50%.
Schedule Your Dental Check Up Today!
Maintaining good dental hygiene doesn’t affect just your teeth, it boosts your overall health and will protect you from bacteria causing disease. During your bi-annual check up, Dr. Mei will look for those subtle signs that bacteria is affecting your dental AND physical health. We believe in good communication with our patients and their families, helping them understand the importance of good oral health. Call our friendly team to schedule your dental check-up at 313-563-4466!