Your body is a system that is only as strong as its weakest link. That being said, it is important that every part of your body is in the best possible health, and that you are paying attention to every part of your body.
One area that can often be overlooked is your oral health and hygiene. It may not seem like it, but your oral health is extremely important in keeping the rest of your body healthy. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is an easy way to stay healthy.
Your mouth, teeth, and gums work together as a team that join the other systems that make up the overall being of your body. Health issues like cavities and gum disease can start in your mouth and lead to more health concerns over time.
Naturally-occurring bacteria live in our mouth. These bacteria become over abundant and can lead to illnesses like strep throat. Even more serious, poor oral health can lead to more health concerns and increase your risk for strokes, heart disease, and more.
Your oral health is important and shouldn’t be overlooked or underestimated when you are working toward perfect health. Here is how oral health and hygiene affect our bodies and how you can help keep the effect positive.
Avoid Gum Disease
Gum disease, also called periodontitis, needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, as it can lead to serious health issues. Bacteria from your mouth should not enter your bloodstream, but if you have severe gum disease, this is exactly what could happen.
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, an invisible layer of bacteria that lives in your mouth and on your teeth, along your gum line. As this plaque continues to build, a space is created between your teeth and the gums. This space allows bacteria to build and eventually enter the bloodstream.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease is largely preventable by practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and regular visits to your dentist ensures your gums will stay healthy and fit snugly around your teeth.
However, if your dental hygiene is lacking or you are experiencing symptoms, schedule a dentist appointment immediately. If left untreated, the bones of your jaw can be damaged and you can lose teeth. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include swollen gums, bright red gums, tender gums, loose teeth, pus between your teeth and gums, and more.
Preventing Health Issues from Gum Disease
Gum disease causes space between your teeth and gums. Because of this, the defense between your mouth and the bloodstream is compromised. This space can allow harmful bacteria to build up and enter your body through the bloodstream. This increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory infections, and more.
Dental Group of Simi Valley
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms or just want to evaluate your risk for gum disease, come see us at the Dental Group of Simi Valley.
At our family-run practice, we offer the most modern and revolutionary dental solutions for our patients and strive to be a practice you can trust with your every dental need no matter how big or small. We are located in Simi Valley, CA and have been creating beautiful smiles one family at a time since 1963.
Having a dentist that you know and trust makes all the difference, especially when dealing with an issue as severe as gum disease. Your respect, trust, and comfort are our top priorities at the Dental Group of Simi Valley.
We are the most experienced dentists of Simi Valley and are proud to welcome you into our practice as a patient and extended family member. With our combined years of experience, you can expect the best level of care. We will have your dental issue diagnosed and a comprehensive recovery plan mapped out by the time you leave our practice and get back to your busy life.
Schedule an appointment to see us and leave with a healthy, confident smile you’ll love to show off to the rest of Simi Valley. Call us today!