The Importance of Good Oral Health

The Importance of Good Oral Health
Posted on 12/20/2017
This is the image for the news article titled The Importance of Good Oral HealthSince you were a child, you've probably been told by family members and dental professionals alike to brush, floss and use mouthwash for a brighter, healthier smile. If your smile looks fine naturally, though, why do you have to go through so much work to maintain it? Believe it or not, aside from keeping your pearly whites clean and healthy, a good oral hygiene routine can actually help keep the rest of your body healthy, too!

How Does Oral Health Affect the Rest of Your Body?

Oral health professionals may dish out some tough love about your flossing and brushing habits, but it’s for a good reason. Poor oral hygiene can lead to poor overall health. Even skipping a flossing session or two can allow harmful bacteria to grow in your mouth. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 100 percent of all adults in the world have cavities, and 15 to 20 percent of all middle-aged adults have severe periodontal disease.

Poor oral health can also contribute to the development of diseases or disorders. Brushing and flossing keep bacteria at bay on and around your teeth and gums. If you stop practicing good oral hygiene, however, bacteria will flourish, leading to periodontal disease in the gums, cavities and rot in the teeth and sometimes even infections in the jaw. These problems can compromise the strength of the bone and soft tissue structures around the face and neck, making them more susceptible to disease.

Bacterial infections can easily spread to other areas of the body, as well. Endocarditis, for example, is an infection of the heart’s lining, which may be caused by harmful bacteria from your mouth being transported to the heart via your bloodstream. Even cardiovascular disease and stroke may be linked to inflammation and infections associated with poor oral health.

It works the other way, too. Your mouth is a window into your body’s inner workings. Many disorders and diseases display oral symptoms that indicate something may not be right elsewhere. Patients who deal with frequent infections or gum inflammation may find they have an underlying condition that causes immune system deficiency, for example. Diabetes, HIV and osteoporosis are just a few of the most common conditions with oral symptoms. Recognizing when something is wrong in your mouth may help you catch developing conditions earlier.

How Can You Promote Positive Oral Health?

Ensuring your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible means creating and sticking to a thorough oral hygiene routine. When you care for your oral health, you significantly reduce your risk of developing or worsening dangerous health conditions. Follow these steps to keep your mouth free of harmful bacteria:
  • Brush after every meal
  • Floss daily, preferably alongside brushing
  • Eat a nutritious diet with little sugar and acid
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings

Enjoy a Healthy, Beautiful Smile with Ballas Dental Care

You can improve your health simply by taking a few extra minutes during your day to properly care for and examine your teeth and gums. To ensure your smile is looking its best, you’ll need a team of dental professionals to help evaluate your oral health and plan an oral health routine that’s right for you.

At Ballas Dental Care, our dentists aim to educate and assist every patient on proper hygiene and care techniques. We understand every smile is unique. That’s why we’ll work with you to understand your concerns and seek solutions to emerging problems. Contact us online or call (314) 432-5544 to schedule your dental cleaning and checkup today!