Everything is Connected: Oral Systemic Health
One thing that you will learn very quickly is that when one area of your mouth is in trouble, chances are pretty great that it’s not the only area. The same goes for your entire body. Everything is connected, which means that you need to keep your entire body healthy! Healthy mouth means healthy body.
What’s really interesting to doctors and dentists alike is that the mouth tends to be the best predictor of overall health. If a mouth is full of infection and decay, chances are pretty great that there are issues elsewhere in the body. If a mouth is clean, healthy, and thriving, then the chances of finding problems elsewhere are not so great.
Today, we want to show you how various dental problems can affect the rest of your body so that you can see, very clearly, how important it is to keep your mouth healthy! Before you read through this list, we also want to point out that we have the ability to help you take care of all of these issues!
The Relationship Between Your Mouth and Your Body
Research shows again and again that the state of your mouth affects the rest of your body. Many doctors consider the mouth to be the doorway into the body in more ways than one. Not only does it in-take your food and drink, but it also gives an idea of what the doctors can expect from the rest of your body. Let’s take a look at specific examples listed below.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that begins as gingivitis and progresses into full-blown gum disease within a fairly short period. Bacteria gather along the gum line and work deep along the tooth in the perio pockets. If left to advance, gum disease will eventually reach the jawbone and will attack the bone structure, which is why gum disease is the number one cause for lost adult teeth in the United States!
Gum disease affects the body in many ways. Recent research has linked gum disease to cancers, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. These serious conditions have all be studied extensively, and gum disease is very often found in connection with them.
For example, a study about men found that those who had gum disease were 64% more likely to later develop pancreatic cancer. That’s a huge increase in risk associated with such a simple, common infection!
Your jaw is held in place by your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint and the many muscles and tendons surrounding your teeth and jaw work thousands of times each day to open and close your mouth. Every time to chew, speak, or swallow, your jaw is at work. If there is an injury in one of those little muscles or tendons, you are going to feel it and experience a variety of effects associated with it.
You wouldn’t think that those little muscles could do much damage, but they can! People who are experiencing TMJ pain might feel pain in their jaw, ear, neck, or shoulder! They might also experience clicking or popping in their ears, headaches, or extra sinus drainage!
You are probably familiar with the abbreviation HPV. It is a common virus that can occur in many ways. It is often referred to as an STD, but that’s not the only way that you can contract HPV. This virus can occur in men and women, and research is only just beginning to find how this virus can affect the entire body.
Oral cancer is a very serious concern for us because we know how easy it is to miss the cancer. Many people still believe that oral cancer only happens to people who use tobacco products, but that’s just not the case! HPV also contributes to the heightened risk of oral cancer.
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As you can see, your oral health is directly related to many other health concerns. Contact our office today to learn more about how you can protect your overall healthy by protecting the health of your smile. We can’t wait to see you and help you have a happier, healthier mouth!