Your body is a temple, and the mouth is the gateway. While it may seem that your oral health has little connection to other aspects of your health, it is, in fact, one of the most important components of your overall health. Take a look at the information below to learn more about the connections between oral health and other aspects of your wellbeing, and to find out how visits to your Chicago dentist can help you stay healthy.
Spread of Bacteria
Your mouth is naturally host to different types of bacteria, 500+! These different bacteria are responsible for the accumulation of plaque on your teeth and gums, and can generally be controlled through daily flossing and brushing. Usually, the mouth is the sole territory of these bacteria. However, it is possible for harmful bacteria to enter your bloodstream as a result of oral infections, cuts in your mouth, and certain medications. This is more likely to occur if poor oral hygiene has allowed these bacteria to grow to unhealthy levels. If bacteria from your mouth enter your bloodstream, they can spread to and infect other areas of your body, such as the lining of your heart.
Another complication that may occur as a result of poor oral health is chronic inflammation. If the bacteria in your mouth are not kept under control through flossing, brushing, and professional dental cleanings, they can irritate the tissues of your mouth and cause those tissues to become inflamed. Chronic inflammation can have a number of consequences, including reducing your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels and stimulating inflammation in other areas of your body.
Good oral health requires both at-home care and professional dental services. To learn more about the importance of oral health for your overall wellbeing, contact University Associates in Dentistry . We can provide the dental services necessary to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at our Chicago office, call University Associates in Dentistry today at (312) 704-5511.