Your Mouth and Your Overall health

Mouth and Overall Health

Most of people know that, if they do not remove plaque from their teeth by brushing and flossing, it will turn into tartar. Once tartar is build up, you will need to go to dentist for professional cleaning. Plaque is nothing, but the bunch of bacteria. Most of people do not know that, those bacteria produces acid or toxins and cause cavities and affect gums as well as overall physical  health.

General Surgeons reports that atleast 80% of American Adults are suffering from one or another kind of gum problem(disease).

The Mouth is the Window of Overall Health. The mouth is filled with good and bad bacteria. Some researchers suspect that those bad oral bacteria play an important role in some health conditions like diabetes, blood cell disorders, heart attack, stroke, premature babies. To maintain excellent oral health, brush twice a day, floss, use mouth wash, visit your dentist regularly, avoid snacks between meals, change your tooth brush every 3-4 months, avoid sharing your tooth brush.

 Many conditions are linked to poor oral health. Some research suggest that oral bacteria form diseased gums, can cause endocarditis (infection on inner layer of heart lining), cardiovascular disease, premature birth, low birth weight, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis(weak and brittle bones) Alzheimer's disease, stroke, eating disorders, cancers, arthritis etc.

Oral disease is the most widespread chronic disease. There are many common risk factors between oral disease and other chronic diseases, like diet, smoking, tobacco chewing, poor oral hygiene, stress, socio-economic status, alcohol and drug use, dental trauma etc. 

It is very important to visit your dentist for professional teeth cleaning, oral cancer examination every six months or sooner, if needed.

Nikhil Patel, DMD

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