The motivation to brush and floss daily, for many people, may be to maintain an attractive smile. Others may want to keep their teeth as they age. While these are both great reasons to advocate a healthy oral hygiene routine, your dentist will tell you there is another equally important reason.
Studies show a strong correlation between dental health and overall general health. The inside of your mouth reflects your body’s condition and vice versa. Not only can a healthy mouth help guard against some systemic diseases, but an unhealthy mouth can increase your risk for certain chronic health conditions.
Your Mouth is a Window
The trained eye of a professional can recognize signs and symptoms beyond just tooth decay in the oral cavity. Prominent tooth decay and gum disease opens the door to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and other debilitating conditions.
Hundreds of different types of bacteria naturally exist in the mouth and most of them are harmless. Some of these bacteria are responsible for the build-up of excessive plaque which is typically kept under control with routine dental care. When left to run rampant, harmful bacteria cause everything from tooth decay to gum disease and more.
A Correlation to General Health
Recent studies have shown that diabetic patients who receive routine dental care and maintain healthy oral care habits may need less insulin. Untreated tooth decay and gum disease lead to other health complications in addition to tooth loss because infection can enter the bloodstream through the gum line.
Not only can good oral hygiene prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, it can help keep your whole body healthy, too. If you are struggling with tooth decay, or you think you may have gum disease, schedule an appointment with our team at Norwalk Dental Care today. It is our goal to ensure that everyone has appropriate dental care as well as an attractive smile.