Often, the health of the mouth and body are viewed separately, but did you know they are actually intertwined? Your mouth is often referred to as the gateway to your general health. Certain dental issues can compromise your overall well-being. As a result, it is more important than ever you visit your dentist in La Mesa regularly for a cleaning and checkup. Unfortunately, even with the best care over the years, you can develop oral health issues that require the skills of a prosthodontist to restore a healthy smile.
What’s the Connection?
Your oral health influences your general health more than you might realize. One of the leading dental concerns to impact the body is gum disease. The infection occurs from bacteria found in tartar accumulations. Although it is preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of it. It can be treated quickly without causing any long-term damage when found early. Unfortunately, the first warning signs are often missed, so it reaches advanced stages.
The advanced stages of gum disease are not just devastating to your smile but your body as well. The bacteria that cause the infection can enter your bloodstream through regular chewing. As it circulates throughout your body, it wreaks havoc, increasing your risk of several health issues, like cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetic complications, pre-term labor, and low birth weight.
Unfortunately, the complications do not stop there. Gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss. With every tooth in your mouth vital to your oral functions, the more teeth you lose, the harder it is to maintain a balanced diet. As several foods become too difficult to chew, it can lead to dietary restrictions. Over time, this can lead to nutritional deficiencies that harm your general health.
Get a Healthy Mouth and Body
You can promote a healthy mouth and body by remaining proactive about your oral habits. It is best to:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day.
- Use a high-quality dental floss to clean in between each tooth and around the gum line daily.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco.
- Do not drink alcohol in excess.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
- Do not ignore the early warning signs of gum disease.
If you have gum disease or have lost teeth, you do not need to let it impact your overall health. A prosthodontist can rebuild a healthy, functional smile to invest in your well-being.
About Dr. Peter. F. Johnson
Dr. Peter F. Johnson is a board-certified prosthodontist. He treats complex oral health issues from his private practice in La Mesa. Supported by extensive training and qualifications in advanced dental issues, like gum disease and tooth loss, he can restore your oral health and functions. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.