Studies have shown that your oral health is connected to many other health conditions beyond your mouth. Often, the first sign of disease may show up in your mouth.
Your smile is one of the first things people see & can make a lasting impression. When you have good oral health, not only are there positive effects on your overall health, but there is an increase in your confidence, self-esteem & drive socially & professionally. However, when one’s oral health is poor, their quality of life is directly impacted. Oral discomfort, missing or broken teeth, or oral infection influence the ways one speaks, eats and socializes. Ultimately, reducing the quality of one’s physical, mental & social well-being.
What You Can Do
Normal bacteria found in your mouth is kept under control with good oral care such as brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist. Your saliva also contributes to bacterial and virus control. Some harmful bacteria can grow out of control and lead to gum disease or “periodontitis”.
Healthy gums will keep normal bacteria in your mouth and not allow it to enter your bloodstream. However, gum disease provides an entry of the bacteria into the bloodstream which may lead to other health problems.