How oral health contributes to overall well being

Did you know there is a connection between oral health and a person’s general health? Studies have shown that there may be a link between bad bacterium in the mouth and heart conditions. When gum disease goes untreated, it may contribute to heart plaque, cardiovascular disease, heart attack and the related plaque diseases, such as, stroke.

Every mouth is full of bacteria, some of them harmless. Others, however, are actually bad for the body. Because what goes on in a person’s mouth can enter their bloodstream and travel throughout the body, developing good oral hygiene habits should be a priority in everyone’s life.

Recognizing gum disease is important so a person can begin taking steps to combat it. Gingivitis is the mildest form that is a precursor to gum disease, but when it goes untreated it can lead to much larger problems. There is normally no pain associated with the onset of gingivitis. When gums become red, swollen and bleed easily, it is likely that they are experiencing signs of gingivitis. The good news is that gingivitis is controllable with proper home care and professional treatment.

It is important to seek treatment for gingivitis in the first stages because it can lead to a more serious type of gum disease called periodontitis. This occurs when plaque spreads below the gum line, breaking down the bones and tissues that support the teeth. When this happens, teeth become loose and may fall out. In addition, gum disease has been linked to heart disease and strokes.

It’s never too late to develop better oral hygiene habits. If the symptoms of gum disease are present, take charge and take control of it before the disease is able to progress.

If you are interested in dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.