Are you part of a company that offers dental insurance to employees? We would love to be a part of your company by bringing our dental team to your workplace. Please contact us if you would like us to come to your workplace with our professional group of dentists and hygienists to make access to quality dental care easy and accessible.
We simply bill existing insurance plans and there is no additional cost.
Oral health is about so much more than just the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums. Because the mouth is a primary entryway into the body, poor oral health can have negative consequences for the entire body. Teeth that ache, gums that bleed, and breath that smells bad are all indicators of poor oral health. Bacteria from the mouth can easily get into the bloodstream and cause infection and inflammation wherever it spreads.
It is important to practice good oral hygiene and to see your dentist regularly.
Here are some common and serious health problems caused by bad oral health:
Having poor oral health puts a person at risk for heart disease. If the gums are inflamed due to the bacteria that causes periodontal disease, that same bacteria gets into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and harden. This hardening of the arteries is called atherosclerosis, and it is very serious. It leads to blood flow problems and heart blockages, and it increases the likelihood of having a heart attack. The damaging impact on the arteries and blood vessels can lead to hypertension and increase the risk for strokes. Endocarditis can also develop, which can be a serious condition that occurs when the lining of the heart becomes infected.
Luckily, you can prevent gum disease with proper oral hygiene. This will reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and keep your smile healthy and strong.
Poor oral health can affect the brain. Substances that are released from gums inflamed by infection have been shown to lead to memory loss. Dementia and possibly even Alzheimer’s Disease can result from gingivitis when the bacteria in the mouth spreads to the nerve channels or enters the bloodstream.
The respiratory system can suffer due to poor oral health. Bacteria in the mouth from infected teeth and swollen gums can be breathed into the lungs or travel there through the bloodstream. Once there the bacteria can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD.
Not only are diabetics already more susceptible to infection such as infected gums that lead to periodontal disease, but periodontal disease can in turn make diabetes more difficult to control. Symptoms can worsen as blood sugar levels go haywire because of gum disease. It is especially important for diabetics to take good care of their oral health to prevent complications with their disease. Because gum disease can lead to high blood sugar levels, a person with poor oral health is at an increased risk of developing diabetes.
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