Oral Health And How It Relates to Your Overall Health

Taking good care of your mouth, gums, and teeth is a significant goal. Everyone wants to be in the best health possible.

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Excellent dental hygiene can help prevent the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Loss of teeth with age

However, what is the downside to having poor dental hygiene?

While you may be willing to sacrifice a healthy mouth, did you know that it can significantly impact other areas of your body?

These detrimental effects can include the following:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Preterm labor

Looking at Oral Health and Subsequent Symptoms

If you are a visual person, imagine that your mouth is a window. Through this window, your doctor can see pretty much everything else in your body.

But what sort of illnesses and diseases does that include?

You can detect early symptoms of systemic diseases that pertain to the entire body.

Systemic conditions such as diabetes or AIDS often become apparent as oral problems first such as mouth lesions.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases will reveal themselves as an oral sign.

Benefits of Saliva

Your doctor is able to collect a sample of your saliva and actually test it for multiple substances.

Consider cortisol levels, for example. These levels can test for stress responses in newborn children. 

Even particular cancer markers are able to be detected in saliva.

If you choose to have your saliva routinely tested, you can measure the following:

  • Illegal drug/substances
  • Environmental toxins
  • Hormones or antibodies that indicate HIV infection

Saliva can also protect your body against disease-causing bacteria.

This is possible because your saliva contains enzymes that destroy bacteria in the following ways:

  • Degrading bacterial membranes
  • Inhibiting the growth of specific types of bacteria
  • Interfering with vital bacterial enzyme systems.

Protecting the Mouth and Body

Now that you understand how important a healthy mouth is to a healthy body, it is important to schedule routine care.

Everyone should be advised to visit their local dentist at minimum two times a year.

If you are in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area and would like more information regarding nutrition, body health, or dental hygiene, contact Hylan Dental Care

Whether you are looking for excellent information, a routine cleaning, or a dental implant, the Dental Experts at Hylan Dental can assist you.

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