They say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
When considering the human body, all of the parts that make up the whole are quite interconnected. But there is probably no part more connected to the rest of the body than your mouth. You know, of course, that your mouth is the main point of entry for foods and drinks that provide nourishment. But did you know that the condition of your mouth could affect the health of your body? Read on for more information about the oral-systemic connection from your dentist in Southfield.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
Dentists, physicians and scientists now know that there is a link between the oral cavity and other organs in your body. This link is called the oral-systemic connection, and it is largely dependent on the health of your gums.
Millions of bacteria live in your mouth. Without regular dental checkups and a strict oral hygiene routine at home, these bacteria can multiply. As this happens, gum disease is more likely to develop.
This bacterial infection invades soft tissue above and below the gum line, eventually weakening the bone structure that supports and secures your teeth. In fact, the leading reason for tooth loss among adults in the United States is advanced gum disease.
Oral Bacteria and the Rest of Your Body
If oral bacteria were restricted to your mouth, then that would be trouble enough. However, another problem is that these same bacteria are linked to a number of bodily diseases and illnesses. Here’s how.
Gingivitis and periodontitis often cause bleeding gums. When your gums bleed, bacteria can enter you bloodstream and migrate to other parts of your body. Likewise, taking a deep breath can draw bacteria into your respiratory system.
That’s how the same bacteria that infect your gums can bring illnesses and diseases such as:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pregnancy Complications
- Your Dentist Can Help
In addition to daily brushing and flossing, the same day dentist in Southfield wants you to have biannual dental checkups. These appointments are not only for professionally cleaning your teeth, but they also give us the chance to examine you gums for signs of gum disease. We measure and chart the depths of pockets around your teeth; anything deeper than four millimeters may be indicative of gingivitis. We offer gum disease therapy to halt the spread of infection and reverse the effects.
If your gums look a little red or swollen, don’t put off a visit with your dentist. Call to schedule an appointment today in order to take care of your mouth and the rest of you!
About the Author
Dr. Jeffrey M. Solomon recommends a dental checkup every six months to keep your oral and general health in top condition. To learn more about his preventive treatments and practice, contact him at (248) 557-5756 or visit his website.