What keeps you healthy? For many people, the answer is regular exercise, nutritious food, and plenty of sleep. And it’s true: These are all important to your overall health and wellness. But if you didn’t factor in oral health, you’re not getting the whole picture. Dental research has shown a proven link between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Family dentist Randall A. Ellis DDS, serving Texarkana, AR, understands this connection, which has a lot to do with a daily routine of brushing and flossing and keeping up with professional teeth cleanings.
Not cleaning your teeth properly allows bacteria to build up on them, which can lead to cavities, gum disease, inflammation, and infection. The gums are a gateway to other parts of the body, and as bacteria spreads into your bloodstream, it can affect your lungs and heart.
Here are three ways your oral health impacts your overall health:
- Diabetes: Inflammation lowers the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, creating problems for patients with diabetes.
- Heart Disease: Studies have found a link between gum disease and heart disease—the two share many risk factors. Dentists believe oral health problems contribute to many cases of heart disease.
- Lung Disease: Gum disease and inflammation can worsen certain lung conditions, like pneumonia, by increasing the amount of bacteria in the lungs.
Creating a daily routine of brushing and flossing can help ward off gum disease and keep your mouth and body healthy. Regular teeth cleanings and dental exams are also important. Dentists suggest avoiding added sugar and replacing your toothbrush at least three or four times a year. And if you smoke, consider quitting!
To learn more about improving your oral health or to schedule a teeth cleaning, contact Randall A. Ellis DDS. Call (870) 772-1374 to make an appointment, or visit the website to see the full list of dentistry services.