How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

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Did you know that your smile has a major impact on your entire health? The state of your teeth influences the rest of your body, from your digestive system to your reproductive system. Here are just a few examples of how your oral health affects your overall body wellness!

  1. Digestive System
  2. Your mouth is the first stop in the digestive process, and it is where your teeth and salivary glands begin to break down your food. When plaque builds up in your mouth, know that you’re swallowing some of that bacteria every time you eat, thereby increasing your chances of getting sick. Daily oral care and biannual visits to Sohn Dental will keep your mouth free of plaque!

  3. Immune System
  4. If you smoke or have a compromised immunity from ailments like HIV/AIDS or diabetes, you are more likely to develop oral diseases, such as periodontitis. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is an excellent way to aid your immune system in fighting off infection before it starts.

  5. Cardiovascular System
  6. Brushing and flossing away plaque help support a healthy heart! Bacteria found in plaque release toxins that can line your artery walls and eventually lead to heart disease.

  7. Endocrine System
  8. In addition to breaking down food, your saliva washes away bad bacteria from the surface of your teeth and can be used to measure certain hormone levels in your body and detect toxins in your system. Certain medications, alcohol, poor oral hygiene, and tobacco use can lead to chronic dry mouth, and since saliva helps wick bacteria off of your teeth, you are more likely to experience tooth decay.

  9. Reproductive System
  10. Studies have shown that women who have high amounts of bad bacteria in their mouths are more likely to deliver a baby prematurely or with a low birth weight.

Taking care of your teeth isn’t simply to have a beautiful, radiant smile; the health of your teeth plays a major role in maintaining your overall health! Brush and floss daily and visit Dr. Sohn every six months to promote a healthy mouth AND a healthy body. Our team at Sohn Dental is happy to help if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health or if you need to schedule your next routine cleaning and exam. Contact us today!

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