Does Oral Health Affect Your Overall Health?

Some patients mistakenly think that their oral health affects solely their teeth and gums. In reality, your oral health has a significant impact on your overall health.

Connection Between Oral Health & Chronic Disease

Studies suggest that poor oral health is related to an increase in chronic health problems. Specifically, gum disease is associated with many underlying health issues, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes complications
  • Kidney disease
  • Increased risk of cancer

The beginning stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is easily treatable with improved oral health habits. Advanced gum disease requires a bit more complex treatment. If not treated, you risk losing teeth and your jawbone structure, which can contribute to malnutrition, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

How to Improve Your Oral Health

Improving your oral health habits will go a long way in supporting a healthy mouth and your overall wellness.

Your daily oral hygiene routine should include brushing your teeth in the morning and at night for two minutes each time, as well as flossing at least once a day. These daily habits will remove plaque (the buildup of bacteria in the mouth) and food debris to reduce your risk of bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Additionally, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and avoid tobacco products.

We also recommend that you schedule a dental checkup and cleaning at least every six months. Don’t wait until you’re in pain to see a dentist about your oral health! When Dr. Chittajallu is able to regularly screen for problems and detect them early, issues will be easier and less costly to treat. During a professional cleaning, our expert hygienists will remove plaque, tartar (hardened plaque), and superficial stains to give you a smile that looks and feels fresh and clean!

Don’t Delay Your Dental Checkup!

Our team at Southwest Smiles is dedicated to helping individuals and families receive high-quality dental care in a comfortable environment. Be proactive about your oral health and your overall health–contact us today to schedule an appointment at Southwest Smiles in Austin, TX.

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