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Excellent Oral Health Linked to Overall Wellness

July 27, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Whitney Gomez
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Your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory systems, which is why good oral health and hygiene is crucial to overall wellness.

The bacteria in your mouth, due to your immune system at work, typically does not cause harm, but certain bacteria may lead to disease.

Your dentist in Nederland is proactive when it comes to preventing oral health conditions that can compromise your smile and overall wellness, following guidelines put forward by the American Dental Association that calls for twice-yearly dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Your dentist may also arrange a more customized schedule if you are diagnosed with periodontal disease.  

Daily brushing and flossing also play a critical role in your oral health and wellness—we recommend seeing to your oral care at least two times per day; more if you have a diagnosed oral health condition.

Oral Health Conditions that May Contribute to Systemic Health Issues

Unchecked oral health infections, in rare cases, may spread to other areas of the body, which is why preventive dentistry and excellent oral hygiene are so critical.

Periodontal disease left untreated and undiagnosed has been linked to:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Medications and Habits that May Contribute to Oral Health Complications

Certain medications can contribute to dry mouth, which allows bacteria and acid to remain on teeth. This can lead to cavities, root infections, and other oral health complications.

These medications include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Decongestants
  • Diuretics
  • Pain relievers

If your doctor recommends or prescribes these medications, you should carry on taking them. However, it’s important to keep your mouth hydrated during these therapies.

Indulging in sweets, acidic foods and beverages, and smoking also play a role in your oral and systemic health. We recommend curbing these habits and quitting smoking.

Preventive Dentistry with Your Nederland Dentist

We want you to maintain a healthy smile and enjoy optimal wellness. Reach out today to schedule your next checkup and teeth cleaning.

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