Did you know that dental care can be linked to your overall health? Well, it’s true! For many dentists, the mouth is a mirror of the overall health. The oral cavity can reflect disease in other parts in the body and it can also indicate a wide range of diseases, including chicken pox, mononucleosis, and even HIV. In other words, the mouth can serve as a warning system—telling you that something else is going on.
There are also many different dental issues that can be linked to additional health issues. For example, gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental condition that can irritate your gums, deteriorate your underlying bone, and destroy your smile. However, gum disease can also be linked to a host of illnesses, like heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with gum disease are twice as likely as others to die from heart disease and three times as likely to have a stroke. So, not only will gum disease damage your pearly whites and gums, it will also severely alter your overall health, which is why dental care is so important.
So, the best way to keep your entire health in tip-top shape is to keep up on oral hygiene and do all you can to treat dental issues at the early stages of development. Each day, please remember to brush your teeth, floss, and rinse. It is also extremely important to visit your dentist, Dr. Brian T. Edwards, DDS, every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. If you keep up with your routine appointments, your chances of treating an issue at the early stages of development increase.
For more information on how dental care in Newhall, California, can affect your overall health, please call 661-254-4000 today and schedule an appointment. Our Three Sixty Dentistry team is here to give you the information you need to better understand your health and smile. We look forward to helping you!