You already realize that in order to prevent cavities, tooth loss, gum disease, and other dental conditions, you have to make your oral health a priority. However, another good reason why you should take better care of your teeth and gums exists: your oral health can affect your overall health.

Your Mouth Can be a Window to the Rest of Your Health

 Many systemic conditions can be first identified by analyzing what is happening inside of your mouth. For example, diabetes and AIDS, both systemic health problems, often first make themselves apparent when mouth lesions and other oral problems begin to develop. Additionally, the Academy of General Dentistry states that approximately 90 percent of all systemic health conditions produce signs and symptoms that can be identified in the mouth.

Not only can your mouth reveal clues about your overall health, but the health of your teeth and gums can also be a contributing factor to certain health conditions. For instance, some research has found that there is a link between poor oral health and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and preterm birth.

Maintain Proper Dental Hygiene Habits

Keep in mind that how healthy your teeth and gums are can be fully controlled by you. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to commit to taking better care of your teeth and gums by:
 ·         Not ignoring dental problems and receiving semi-annual checkups and dental cleanings by a dentist
 ·         Trying to floss more often in order to clean the spaces between your teeth
 ·         Always making sure that you thoroughly brush your teeth at least two times every day
 ·         Using toothpastes and rinses that contain fluoride

However, if a systemic disease impacted the overall look and functionality of your smile, a periodontist in Racine, WI may be able to help. To make an appointment with Dr. Chris Hutton, please reach out to our office by calling (262) 510-0414.