In recognition of World Oral Health Month, take a moment to learn how your oral health affects your general health through the mouth and body connection
Think of your mouth as a window into what is going on throughout the rest of your body. For your dentist, this window functions as an integral detector of early signs of disease or health concerns pertinent to not only your mouth but your entire body.
A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. It’s important to understand the close relationship between oral health and general health – and the impact that one has on the other – to know how to protect your mouth and body at all ages.
A HEALTHY MOUTH
Allows you to speak, smile, eat, drink – and perform other physical functions throughout life – and can also boost social interaction and promote self-esteem.
AN UNHEALTHY MOUTH
Can cause discomfort, pain, disease, and can lead to social isolation and lack of self-confidence, as well as lost school or work days.
“THINK MOUTH, THINK HEALTH”
Oral diseases present in countless ways; for example, oral diseases are linked to diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and oral cancers, and commonly link to tooth decay and gum disease. If not properly cared for and managed, these diseases can negatively impact the rest of your body, which is why oral health is integral to your general health at every stage in your life.