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General Oral Health—All You Must Know

There is more behind a healthy smile than just good oral hygiene.  What a lot of people do not realize is that a healthy mouth is an indicator of overall health.  Taking care of your teeth is vital to other parts of your body as well.  Read on if you want to find out just how important it is.

Cardiovascular or Heart Health

You probably haven’t thought about it, but, gingivitis, or gum disorders, can lead to having problems with your heart.  Germs can travel through your blood stream and end up settling inside your heart where they can cause inflammation called endocarditis.  If not discovered in time, or not treated properly, this condition is very dangerous and can cause heart damage.

This in turn can cause a variety of problems including being a contributing cause to a heart attack or stroke.  So, as you see gum disease does not only affect your teeth and gums but can lead to far more serious problems and life-threatening problems.

Diabetes

Diabetes affects all tissues of the body, including gums and teeth.  This disease can cause tooth loss because of high levels of glucose in the body and the tissues response.  It is important to not only have good general oral health, but to control your glucose levels as directed by your physician.

Thrush and Dry Mouth

Thrush is a condition when the bacteria normally found in your mouth goes into overdrive.  This can happen due to illness, or if you are on antibiotics for an extended period of time. 

Dry mouth is another condition which can be related to either a decrease in salivary gland production from a condition or other causes, such as medication.  A dry mouth can cause many problems including tooth decay. If you have this problem, be sure to let your dental professional know so that treatment can be initiated before decay occurs.  There are mouthwashes and other interventions available today to help maintain your dental and physical health.

Conclusion

The condition of your mouth is a good indication of your overall health.  It is important to see your dental professional as recommended to prevent these problems from developing.  As you age, you may be required to see your dentist more frequently, as they can be the first line of defense to keep you from developing other more serious health problems. 

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