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Dental Health is Important to Your Overall Health

Did you realize there is a “Mouth Body Connection”? You probably learned to brush your teeth at a very young age. The basics of dental care have been drilled into our brains from our parents for as long as we can remember, but as adults, the importance of our oral health can seem less and less important as we live our daily lives.

Life can get busy and hectic, and sometimes, we tend to worry more about our overall health and wellness than our mouth’s health. The truth is, our whole body is connected. When your mouth isn’t healthy, it’s often an indication that something is wrong. That’s why dentists are regularly the first line of defense for diagnosing certain diseases, such as diabetes, oral cancer, heart diseases, etc.

Your mouth is a window into the overall health of your body. Learn more from the ADA about Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body.

Reason to Prioritize Oral Health

Knowing that our oral health is linked to our overall health, the importance of brushing and flossing just went up! Simply put, a healthy mouth can help keep your body healthy and ward off certain diseases. Who knew our mouth could do so much good for us?

The mouth is a great window to the rest of your body, so when you visit us at Adams Dental, we can take a peek into your overall health during your regular dental cleanings and exams. This could save you money, time, and health down the road. When your dentist can catch a problem early, there’s a much better chance of figuring out what’s going on and treating it early, with a higher success rate. Oftentimes, dentists can detect warning signs before we experience any symptoms. Actually, oral health is an easy way to boost your immune system, learn more HERE.

Brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist can protect you from more than just cavities. Learn more about the mouth body connection from WebMD, Overall Health and Oral Health.

Diseases Highly Linked to Oral Health

Gum disease has been linked with multiple health complications, including stroke and heart disease, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Similar research shows that 90 percent of all systematic diseases have oral manifestations. This means that diseases that involve most of our body often show symptoms and signs in our mouth. These often take the form of:

  • Swollen gums
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Dry mouth
  • Gum problems
  • Broken teeth

At the University of North Carolina, studies found that people with gum disease were three times as likely to have a stroke and twice as likely to die from a heart attack. Those are some scary statistics. But the good news is, your dentist is here to help and knows exactly what to look for to keep you healthy and safe! Let us do the legwork and check your overall health – make an appointment today!

Related Article: Why Do I Need to have a Dental Exam Every 6 Months?

Learn more from Delta Dental about the mouth body connection: Healthy Smile, Healthy You.

Schedule Your Dental Exam at Adams Dental Group

Now that you know more about the mouth body connection, you realize why Dental Health is Important to Your Overall Health. So many times Dentists are the ones that are able to diagnose disease before you notice any symptoms. The Team at Adams Dental Group wants YOU and your family to get the best oral care possible, so you and your family can be healthy and happy!

Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 to schedule an appointment.

November 25th, 2020

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What does oral bacteria have to do with a pretty smile?

Your oral health has a major effect on the overall health of your body, not just in your mouth. By maintaining healthy teeth and gums, you can make your body healthier from head to toe.

Oral Bacteria and Health

Bacteria in the mouth cause tooth decay – by feeding on the sugars in the foods and drinks we consume – they leave behind the waste, in the form of a biofilm known as dental plaque.

 Our mouths have lots of bacteria that is usually harmless. (Did you know that the bacteria in our body aids with digestion and other biological tasks?) However, if you do not brush or floss regularly, oral bacteria can reach dangerously high levels. When this happens, tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections can be the nasty result.

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May 26th, 2020

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Almost 30 million people are dealing with diabetes every single day, according to the American Dental Association. Diabetes can make you at high risk for cavities, dry mouth, inflamed gums or gum disease, and more. Similarly, in a study conducted by The American College of Cardiology, a high percentage of people with gum disease also suffer from high blood pressure.

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September 10th, 2019

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