How Dental Care Can Affect Your Overall Health

Most people seem to take their mouths and teeth pretty much for granted. They do not often give them a second thought as they go throughout their daily lives, and this may cause many people to lapse and fall into bad habits when it comes to oral hygiene and care. What many people may not realize right away is just how much the care of your mouth can impact the care of the rest of your body. It is very important that you take good, regular care of all of your teeth and gums because dental care can affect your overall health in ways you may not have considered before.

For a lot of people, the overall care of their teeth becomes something that gets lost in the shuffle. Sure, you may brush your teeth once a day, or maybe every other day, and you likely do not floss regularly either. What many people may not realize is that a lot of problems can result in your body because you are neglecting caring for your teeth and mouth. Many illnesses are actually passed into your body through your mouth, particularly if you do not take good care of your teeth and gums. Bacteria can easily propagate and spread in your mouth and be passed on to the rest of your body, leading you to things like colds, flu and even pneumonia.

More serious problems have been known to spread among people who have periodontal disease and have poor teeth and gums. The cuts and sores in your mouth that can develop leave a pathway into your bloodstream for bacteria to develop and travel to other parts of your body, most notably your heart. There have been known links between poor oral hygiene and dental care leading to problems such as cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.

Regular dental care can help you to avoid problems of this nature. All it takes is brushing your teeth twice a day to make sure your mouth stays clean and free of bacteria and debris that can cause problems for you. You should also floss after meals or when brushing to help loosen and remove debris that can turn into dangerous plaque that can lead to some of these other health problems for you. Along with your own regular care, it is a good idea to visit a dentist twice a year for regular checkups and maintenance such as cleanings to help further ensure that your mouth is healthy.

Having a healthy mouth can help lead you to having much better overall health. You can avoid many simple illnesses and the potential threats that more serious ones can pose just by taking better regular care of your teeth and gums. All it takes is a few minutes out of each day for you to do this for yourself and it can have a very great impact as to the overall health of your body. Take the time for proper dental care so you can have better health each day.

About Dr. Gary Moore

Dr. Gary Moore graduated in 1986 from Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. He is a sole practitioner at Stetson Hills Dental,began testing the OralEye app that allows remote dental assessments. To know more about Dr. Gary Moore, Click Here


  1. alena says:

    I need to go get my tooth looked at. I had been giving me pain recently. I can’t see anything on it so I don’t think it is a cavity. I think I may need a root canal, I hope I don’t though. Root canals are the worst!

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