Oral health’s connection to overall wellness

Our smiles aren’t just for posing in pictures, they provide a vital function to our bodies and affect our overall health. What happens with the health of your smile can have far-reaching effects – which is why it’s so important to take care of it. 

Next time you’re brushing your teeth or visiting the dentist, know that you’re making a difference in your health. 

Here’s some of the areas of health connected to your oral health: 

Cardiovascular health 

Recent studies have established a link between gum disease and an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. The bacteria associated with gum disease may enter the bloodstream, contributing to the formation of arterial plaque, potentially leading to heart issues. This is why it’s important to brush your teeth and visit the dentist regularly!  

Diabetes management 

Individuals with diabetes need to pay special attention to their oral health. Poor oral hygiene can make it difficult for diabetic patients to control their blood sugar levels, while diabetes, in turn, can increase the risk of gum disease.  

Respiratory health 

Bacteria in the mouth can find its way into the respiratory system, potentially causing or exacerbating respiratory issues such as pneumonia. Maintaining good oral hygiene is a preventive measure to safeguard your respiratory health. 

Pregnancy and birth outcomes 

Pregnant individuals should be particularly mindful of their oral health, as periodontal disease has been linked to preterm birth and low birth weight. Regular dental check-ups during pregnancy contribute to both maternal and fetal well-being. 

Inflammation and chronic diseases 

Chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may be influenced by the health of your gums. Research suggests that the inflammation associated with periodontal disease could also contribute to the progression of inflammatory conditions in other parts of the body. 

By prioritizing your oral health through simple yet effective measures, you are not just investing in a radiant smile – you are investing in a healthier, happier you. Take a step toward better health and schedule your dentist appointments with Jackson Dental by calling (573) 243-5200 or stopping by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.