On their own, most patients aren’t likely to imagine that their oral and overall health are connected. The reality, however, is there is much more overlap between them than most may realize.
Specifically, what connect these two separate spheres are bacteria and gum disease. When gum disease isn’t treated, pockets can form between a patient’s teeth and gums. These pockets give bacteria an entrance to the body’s bloodstream and, subsequently, the rest of the body, potentially contributing to a variety of health problems that includes:
- Heart disease
- Premature birth or low birth weight
- Diabetes complications
- Alzheimer’s disease
But you can protect your smile and your overall health by following these steps (indentified by the Mayo Clinic).
The first, and most obvious, is to brush twice a day and floss at least once. Rinsing with mouthwash is optional but provides that much more protection for teeth and gums.
We also advise patients to change their toothbrush every few months as bacteria can build up on a toothbrush’s bristles over time.
If you have any questions about the connection between oral and overall health, call Giamberardino Dental Care to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Giamberardino and our team. We serve patients from Medford, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and surrounding areas.