Illuminating Ivories: How Oral Health Affects More than Your Teeth

 Azarko Marketing  Friday, March 14, 2014

Want a simple way to gauge your health? Just look in your mouth.

Researchers have found a link between oral health and whole-body health. Periodontal disease (aka, gum disease) in particular may be a sign of more serious issues, so when you visit your dentist in Edmonton for a routine check-up, you may be protecting your entire body.

Why the Connection?

Like any other area of the body, your mouth is full of bacteria. When you don’t take care of your teeth, bacteria rapidly proliferate, plaque and tartar form, and gum inflammation results. Periodontal disease can lead to other conditions:

  • Endocarditis, or an infection of your heart’s inner lining
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Risk of lower birth weight or premature delivery in pregnant women

Gum disease or other illnesses related to oral health may also indicate diseases currently present:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Nutritional deficiency
What Can You Do to Improve Your Oral Health?

You can’t prevent every illness. But you can take steps to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and, in turn, take better care of your overall health.

  • Practice better oral hygiene. Getting rid of bacteria starts with the basics. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Floss once a day. Consider using a mouthwash. Limit the amount of sugar you eat. Visit your dentist every six months for a check-up.
  • Avoid dry mouth. Many medications—including antihistamines and antidepressants—can reduce saliva flow and dry out your mouth. Ample saliva helps wash away harmful bacteria, so drinking more water or sucking on sugar-free candy can help.
  • Stop smoking. You’ve likely heard about the most serious repercussions of smoking—cancer, emphysema, heart disease, etc. But smoking can also damage the bone and soft tissue attached to your teeth. In fact, depending on the amount of cigarettes a person smokes per day, current smokers are three to six times more likely than non-smokers to have periodontal disease.
  • See a dentist when problems arise. If you notice that your gums are red, sensitive, swollen, or bleeding, talk to your dentist as soon as possible and stop the problem before it gets worse.

Have other oral care concerns? Turn to a trusted dentist in Edmonton; visit Azarko Dental Group, where we will prepare an individual treatment plan for strengthening your teeth and gums. If you know someone with gum disease who is seeking treatment, our team can find a solution through periodontal trays, periodontal surgergical procedures , dental implants, or deep cleaning.

Don’t wait. Change your dental routine, and change your life. Call 780-483-7079 for our west office.