Practicing good oral health is something that a person should do for themselves, because poor oral hygiene can cause all sorts of problems in the mouth. But did you also know that your oral health is a good indicator of what’s going on in the rest of your body? Did you also know that if gum disease is left untreated, it can help contribute to all sorts of health conditions that will cost you money, heartache, and quality of life down the road?
Bedford Dental Group is as much about preventive dentistry as it is about cosmetic and general dentistry. In our quest to create perfect smiles, we also like to provide guidance and education to our patients and readership that can help them live higher quality lives.
Gum Disease and Inflammation
You might have read a recent article here and there about inflammation and what it does to the body. Well, both bacteria and inflammation are associated with periodontitis, which is being shown more and more to be inextricably linked to cardiovascular disease. There’s even research that suggests heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke might actually be linked to that same inflammation and infection that bacteria of the mouth can (and will) cause.
Poor Oral Health and Diabetes
Gum disease is shown to be more frequent (and more severe) among those who live with diabetes. Bacteria-related inflammation makes it even harder for your body’s insulin to do its job, which will end up making diabetes more severe and more difficult to manage. Studies have shown that regular periodontal care can actually improve and facilitate diabetes control.
Oral Health and Your Heart
Here’s a pretty staggering statistic: 91% of patients who have heart disease also have gum disease. If you look at the risk factors for gum and heart disease, many happen to be the same. Smoking, bad diets, obesity, and (drum roll) inflammation are all contributors to both chronic conditions. That same inflammation in the mouth can cause blood vessel inflammation, putting you at higher risk for a stroke or heart attack.
Some Tips to Increase Oral and Overall Health
There’s a lot you can do to make sure you don’t end up a statistic. Brushing and flossing (if you don’t do both regularly already) are a great place to start. Quitting smoking is crucial to living a healthy life. Eating a healthy diet and living an active lifestyle will also help you avoid health pitfalls.
Most of all, it’s time to build a great relationship with a dentist near you. Call Bedford Dental Group today to schedule your initial consultation. We provide professional cleanings, general, cosmetic, and emergency dental services that will set you up with a great smile and a healthier life. Call (310) 278-0600 today.