From The Outside Looking In: Oral Health and Your Body

We all know good oral health prevents bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. While your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, it can be controlled with good oral hygiene. But neglect your teeth and gums, and it’s not just your mouth that will suffer.

Periodontal disease – a fancy term for gum disease, including gingivitis – can cause swollen gums, irritation and bleeding. Periodontitis, the more advanced form, can lead to receding gums, damaged tissue and bone around the teeth, tooth loss, and even serious diseases. When the body’s defense systems are weakened by diseases like diabetes and HIV/AIDS, periodontitis can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

Recent research provides convincing evidence that oral health and overall health are undeniably linked: what’s good for our mouth is also good for the rest of the body we work so hard to keep fit and healthy. To protect your oral health, brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, eat a healthy diet, replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed, and schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.

Dr. Barker and his team strive to develop lifelong relationships with his patients by combining the latest in dental technology and techniques, including dental implants, dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and tooth extraction in Searcy, Arkansas with a professional and compassionate staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime! Call Searcy Family Dental today with questions or to schedule an appointment with us by clicking HERE!

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