While we’ve known for a long time that a healthy smile can make us feel better about ourselves, recent University studies have revealed a strong link between systemic illness and the health of our teeth and gums.
An Overabundance of Oral Bacteria is Dangerous
Oral bacteria is harmful to our smile, but when gum disease gives this bacteria a chance to enter the bloodstream, it also becomes dangerous to other parts of our bodies. Periodontal disease
results from the accumulation of bacteria below the gum line.
The Heart/Lung/Diabetes Connection to Poor Oral Health
As soft-tissue swells and becomes infected, the blood supply to the now porous gums absorb the bacteria, and it can then travel to the heart and lungs. Bacteria thrive on sugar and diabetes has been shown to be less controllable in the face of gum disease. Diabetes also makes patients more vulnerable to gum disease. A destructive cycle can only be prevented with vigilant home oral care and routine visits to the dentist.
Oral Health and Pregnancy
Pregnancy increases the risk of cavities, but if poor oral health is a factor, there is an additional threat of premature delivery. This is due to the enzymes released from gum disease being similar to those released during natural labor. During pregnancy, oral health requires attentive dental care.
Your Total Well-Being is at Stake
If a beautiful smile isn’t reason enough to take good care of your teeth and gums, then the impact that poor oral health has on your body should be the incentive you need to improve your dental habits.
If your smile is suffering, Dr. Navarrete can help. Our La Mirada dental office is committed to maintaining, enhancing and restoring your gateway to overall health.