Your Body is Affected by Your Oral Health

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It is common knowledge that it’s very important for you to brush and floss your teeth daily if you want to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Still, it may surprise you to learn that you can actually protect your entire body by keeping your mouth healthy.

Poor oral health can also lead to serious medical problems. In fact, did you know that poor oral health can lead to an infection in your mouth, which can ultimately lead to diabetes? You see, an infection in your mouth will inflame your gums. Unfortunately, this inflammation can affect your body’s ability to use and produce insulin correctly, thus resulting in diabetes.

Poor dental health may also lead to heart disease. Essentially, because your body is trying to fight off an infection, your heart will have to work harder. This will cause the vessels in your heart to constrict and work even harder than normal, leading to high blood pressure. Sadly, this can leave you more likely to suffer from a heart attack.

Other medical issues have also been linked to poor dental hygiene. For example, studies have shown that poor oral health can be connected to bone density loss and are more susceptible to autoimmune disorders. It has also been shown that poor dental health can lead to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

To learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or about the connection between your overall health and your oral health in Payson, Utah, we invite you to contact Kevin J. Reece, DDS at 801-465-4474. Our dentist, Dr. Kevin J. Reece, and the rest of our team are eager to meet with you.