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The Impact of Your Oral Health

Rodney Baier, DDS
September 18, 2023

If you fail to make your oral health a priority, cavities may not be the only thing you could be worrying about!  Did you know that poor oral hygiene can put your overall health at risk?  Infrequent brushing and cleaning can cause a number of obvious problems including cavities, gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath).  However, recent scientific studies have found links between more serious health conditions and the improper care of your mouth.Neglecting the use of your toothbrush and floss can lead to unhealthy bacteria levels in your mouth.  Although some bacteria are essential for digesting food, too much of this bacteria can lead to periodontitis (inflammation around the tooth).  When this type of infection is left untreated, the harmful bacteria can make their way to the rest of your body and cause numerous other issues.

Conditions linked to Poor Oral Health:

Cardiovascular disease: According to multiple studies, there is a proven link between periodontal disease and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Endocarditis: When the bacteria in your mouth becomes out of control, it can travel through the bloodstream and target susceptible areas in your heart. This can result in an infection within the heart’s inner lining.

Premature and low birth weight: A mother living with Periodontitis may be increasing her risk of having a premature baby and low birth weight.

Dementia: Studies have shown a link between the presence of oral bacteria finding its way into the brain and memory loss.

Diabetes: Those with diabetes may also have a lower resistance to infection. This lower resistance directly influences the seriousness of gum disease.

Head and neck cancers: Tobacco use and alcohol consumption are also related to these types of cancer.

Making Oral Health a Priority

Maintaining your mouth and body health can be as simple as making a few changes in your daily habits.  Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing each and every day is the best way to start.  Limiting or being more aware of your intake of sugar and alcohol can also help support a healthy diet.  If you are past due for your regular 6-month cleaning, give our Dental Office in Sandy Springs, GA a call at 404-851-9711, and we’ll get you scheduled!

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