You already know all the ways good oral hygiene keeps your teeth alive and well, but did you also know that your mouth can give you clues as to your overall general health? You are a veritable walking WebMD if you know how to read the signs (just don’t scare yourself to death like you do when looking things up on the web!)
Your mouth can clue you in on nutritional deficiencies, general infection, and diseases your body may be fighting, including:
—Diabetes lowers your body’s ability to fight infection which creates gum disease.
—Cardiovascular disease heart disease and stroke are possibly linked to inflammation and infections from oral bacteria.
—Endocarditis an infection in the heart lining coming from bacteria and germs (like the ones in your mouth) flowing through your bloodstream and sticking to areas of your heart.
—Pregnancy/birth low birth rate and premature birth can be a result of periodontitis
—Aids/HIV which causes mouth lesions and sores
—Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and easy to break and can be linked to periodontal bone and tooth loss.
—Alzheimer’s losing your teeth before you turn 35 can be a pre-indicator of Alzheimer’s.
As you can see, your oral health is a vital indicator of your body’s general health. We can actually see if something is happening that shouldn’t be and therefore contribute to an early, potentially life-saving diagnosis.
We at Smiles Dental are concerned with your dental health and general well-being, and want to work with you in keeping you your healthiest! Please call us at 253.358.2265 if you have any questions or concerns.