You only get one set of permanent teeth, so it makes absolute sense to take good care of them. That’s why at Glen Lake Dental we put a lot of emphasis on preventive dental care. Maintaining good oral hygiene not only helps your teeth last longer, but also help stave off a host of health problems linked to the bacteria caused by poor oral hygiene. The bacteria that originates in your mouth can travel throughout your body and cause medical conditions such as:
Bacteria in the bloodstream can travel to the arteries of the heart and an increased risk of heart attack.
Oral bacteria may be a contributing factor to a narrowing of the arteries, as well as a catalyst to blood clots forming.
When gums are inflamed and bleeding, this can cause systemic inflammation in other parts of your body.
Periodontal disease worsens the pain that people with this autoimmune disease already suffer.
People who suffer from COPD or pneumonia may find their conditions have worsened due to increased bacteria in the lungs.
The link between diabetes and gum disease seems to be a two-way street. 95% of adults in the US with diabetes have gum disease, mostly because diabetes sufferers are more susceptible to contracting infections.
Just as important, however, are regular dental checkups. When you keep up with routine checkups, we can monitor your oral health and catch any issues before they turn into major problems. Tooth decay and gum disease often start out small, but eventually they can lead to root canals and even tooth extractions.
Remember, not only will preventive dental care positively affect your overall health and wellbeing, but it will also save you time and money down the road!