The Ways Your Oral Health is Linked to Your Overall Health

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A top-notch oral health is very important. In fact, it’s so important that having a poor oral health can affect your entire body and create a relationship with major health issues related to the major organs in your body. This is why your dentist, Dr. James Hillstrom, asks you to have the best oral hygiene routine and smile care techniques possible. Your dentist wants you to have a top-notch overall health.

One dental issue that has been found to be linked to health issues is periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. This issue forms when you fail to remove plaque from your smile regularly with a thorough and effective oral hygiene routine and by receiving a professional dental cleaning and exam regularly. This disease has a relationship with health issues like heart disease and stroke. It also has a relationship with birthing pre-term, low-weight babies for women.

Other dental issues have been linked to additional health problems. In fact, many symptoms include dry mouth, mouth ulcers, swollen gums, and excessive oral tissue problems. The health issues related to these symptoms include diabetes, leukemia, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and kidney disease. Luckily, if you keep up on your routine dental checkups, your dentist can detect these problems at the early stages.

In addition to keeping up on your checkups, it’s best to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, have a healthy diet, and avoid using tobacco. These things can help you lessen the affects your oral health has on your overall health.

To learn more about how to help your overall and oral health in Plano, Texas, please contact North Texas Dental Associates at 972.535.6647 when you get the chance. Our dental team will be more than happy to assist you!