Oral Health and Overall Health

 In Dental Hygiene, Education, Health

Overall physical health is a topic frequently revisited at the beginning of every new year. At least 50 percent of Americans said their goal was to take care of their health in the form of exercise in 2021. Did you know there is another way to care for your health that doesn’t include the gym? Your oral health has a direct impact on your overall physical health. So ditch the dumbells and reach for that floss. Here’s how your oral health can improve your physical health!

Disease Prevention

The simple act of flossing and brushing your teeth greatly contribute to your body’s ability to fight disease. One of the most common types of disease found in your mouth is gum disease. This occurs when bacteria makes its way into your mouth and destroys important structures like tissue, bone, and teeth. When these important structures are affected, so are other areas of your body.

Gum disease has a direct connection to other illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. In other words, if you are taking preventative measures to protect yourself against gum disease, then you’re lowering your chances of these other illnesses as well!

Detection

Did you know that oral symptoms are often linked to other health concerns? They are sometimes the first few symptoms someone may experience in regards to another health condition. This is why paying attention to your oral health can be so beneficial! If you experience any out of the ordinary oral symptoms, contact your dentist. They will know what to look for and if they need to recommend you to another type of doctor. This type of preventative care has been life-saving to others.

If you are interested in learning more about how your oral health impacts your physical health, contact South Holston Dental. At South Holston, we specialize in a variety of dentistry services and work hard to meet our patients’ needs. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (276) 466-9800 today!

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