Health Issues Linked To Oral Health
At Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins, we are not just passionate about your oral health, but we care deeply about your overall health as well. Your mouth is considered the gateway to the body. This means that bacteria of all kinds are constantly entering your mouth and, therefore, your body. Bacteria can be on the food you eat, if you bite your nails, and if you breathe in harmful fumes, such as cigarette smoke. One of the best ways you can keep harmful bacteria at bay is to maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, the longer harmful bacteria remains in your mouth, it can negatively affect your overall health. We want to share three health issues that can be impacted by the way you care for your oral health.
Certain harmful bacteria that enter your mouth can settle in your lungs, leading to issues such as pneumonia and bronchitis. This problem is a common side effect of COVID-19. Existing lung issues, such as pulmonary disease and emphysema can continue to worsen from bacteria breathed in through your mouth.
Patients who suffer from diabetes need to be diligent with their oral health care. Certain oral health issues, such as gum disease, are prevalent in patients with diabetes. Gum disease occurs when there is bacteria along the gumline that leads to inflammation and infection in the gums. Diabetes patients have a higher risk of experiencing a bacterial infection and so are more prone to developing gum disease.
This condition is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the body’s joints and immune system. Similar to diabetes, many patients with rheumatoid arthritis are prone to developing gum disease.
One of the best ways to protect your oral and overall health is with routine hygiene examinations. If it has been some time since your last visit, we recommend calling our office located in Denton, MD to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!