Can Oral Health Impact Your Overall Health?

Oral health refers to the health of the gums, teeth, and jaw. When there are any abnormalities or imperfections, there is a risk to oral health, which can also put the entire body at risk, thus negatively affecting overall health. Keep reading to find out more!

The impact oral health has on overall health

Below is an overview of the link between oral health and overall health. This information may be useful to individuals who are trying to better understand if and how oral health conditions impact their entire body.

Unhealthy impact

While it may come off as surprising, it is important to know that the entire body can be affected by the oral cavity. Unfortunately, the teeth and gums are not isolated from the rest of the body, meaning, any conditions in the oral cavity can lead to problems elsewhere.

Of course, conditions like crooked teeth or stains will not affect the rest of the body. However, there are a lot of other connections that most do not realize. Outlined below are some of the links, which can be helpful to review.

  • Teeth grinding is often caused by stress, which may have nothing to do with the oral cavity
  • Gum disease and tooth decay can both result in a spread to the rest of the body
  • Sleep apnea conditions can lead to serious health concerns, such as a lack of flowing oxygen

Healthy impact

Just as with unhealthy conditions, when the oral cavity is healthy and thriving, the rest of the body is also much more likely to be in good shape. Proper oral hygiene, consisting of brushing, flossing, and rinsing will ensure that the oral cavity remains healthy and strong. This then translates to the rest of the body, ensuring that any abnormalities do not source from the teeth or gums.

When trying to ensure that the oral cavity is healthy enough for the rest of the body to thrive, it is recommended to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Avoiding overly acidic or sugary foods and beverages can also be quite helpful in maintaining good oral and overall health.

The role of a complete health dentist

Complete health dentists focus their efforts on both oral and overall health. In fact, their goal is to identify key characteristics that link the two together. In simpler terms, they evaluate oral health conditions or abnormalities that may cause problems throughout the entire body. From there, the appropriate steps can be taken to tackle the existing issues and prevent them from reoccurring.

Find out more

When curious about the role oral health plays in overall health, it may be helpful to consult directly with a complete health dentist. Any questions or concerns can be appropriately addressed. And, a thorough evaluation can be performed in order to get a better picture of current health statuses. To learn more or to get scheduled for a consultation, reach out today.

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