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How Oral Health Is Interlinked With Your Overall Health?

Your oral health is more vital than you might even imagine! Our mouth is the gateway to our entire body! Did you know that your oral health provides signals about your overall health? Rising evidence has revealed a firm link between the impacts of chronic oral inflammation and general health.

What's the link between oral and overall health systems?

Like other parts of the body, your mouth is also packed with bacteria. But since your mouth is the entry path to your digestive and respiratory tracts, bacteria can cause several diseases. This includes -

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum problems 
  • Oral infections 
  • Impair your ability to eat and speak properly 
  • Bad breath
  • Heart diseases and so on 

Some bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory troubles.

Usually the body's natural defenses and good oral regimen, keep bacteria under control. Saliva cleans food particles and neutralizes acids released by bacteria in the mouth. This actually, helps to safeguard you from microbes that grow and causes disease.

Studies show that oral bacteria and the inflammation due to gum issue (periodontitis) might play a major role in certain diseases. It can also create problems in pregnancy and birth complications! Diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can decrease the body's resistance to infection. This can cause mouth sores and also other serious oral health issues.

 

What are the keys to good dental hygiene?  

  • Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush for at least two minutes twice daily 
  • Using fluoride containing toothpaste 
  • Flossing once in a day 
  • Using a good antibacterial mouthwash 
  • Visiting your dentist every six months for check-ups and dental cleanings 
  • Replacing your toothbrush after every three months or sooner if bristles are worn
  • Maintaining a healthy diet 
  • Limiting your sugar intakes is crucial 
  • Quit smoking and alcohol intake 
  • Reduce stress to achieve a healthy and confident smile 

Always remember, when you take care of your oral health it’s an investment in your overall health.

 

How do we take care of your oral health at Omni Dental?

Just like we care for other parts of our body, maintaining a healthy oral regimen is a lifelong process. During this pandemic, addressing a patient’s issues is also done virtually sometimes. This helps an individual to freely speak to our Dentists at Omni Dental and get suggestions.  In McMurray, we take all kinds of necessary precautions like practicing social distancing to keep our patients safe and secure in this Covid-19 situation.

Our skilled experts can perform dental checkups and exams for our patients with confidence. Providing quality dental care at an affordable rate along with comfort and smile to our patients is our priority.  If you live in the PA area, and you’re looking for a ‘Dentist near me’, contact us at Omni Dental, and schedule an appointment today!