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The systemic impact of oral health

Dental problems like cavities and gum disease can cause immediate discomfort and put your smile aesthetic at risk. Your dentist is concerned about both the immediate and the long term impact of such dental conditions.

Oral health affects and is affected by a number of conditions and diseases, including:
  • Diabetes. Diabetes makes it more difficult for the body to resist infection, increasing the risk for gum disease. This oral condition, on the other hand, makes it harder to control blood sugar. Research shows that people with diabetes may also have more severe forms of gum disease.
  • Cardiovascular disease and Endocarditis. Some studies suggest that there is a link between chronic infection and inflammation in the mouth and stroke, clogged arteries, and heart disease. Additionally, bacteria from the mouth can travel to the heart and attach to damaged tissues in the endocardium, causing Endocarditis, or inflammation of this inner lining.
  • Osteoporosis. The loss of teeth and periodontal bone tissue may be linked with this condition that leads to weak and brittle bones.
  • Other conditions. Additional concerns that may be associated with oral health include Sjogren's syndrome, which causes chronic dryness in the mouth, and eating disorders.
We want to help our patients maximize their oral health through preventive care and early treatment of dental concerns. If you have a chronic health condition, take medication, or have noticed changes to your health, these are matters to discuss with your dentist.

Protecting oral health

Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to protect your smile and your body:
  • Spend two minutes brushing teeth morning and night, at least.
  • Floss teeth every day.
  • Consume a healthy diet and try not to snack between meals.
  • Get a new toothbrush every few months or at the first sign of wear, such as frayed bristles.
  • See your dentist every six months or more as recommended based on your unique needs.
The team at sherway dentistry is here to help you preserve a healthy smile and healthy body. Contact us for routine care and at the first sign of a dental problem.

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