Believe it or not, your oral health directly affects your overall well-being. Poor oral health can offset the healthy benefits of measures such as a balanced diet and regular exercise. How healthy is your mouth? This question is essential to consider because oral health is often thought of as a window into a person’s overall health. Let’s have a better look at some ways you can improve your oral health.
The Far-Reaching Effects of Poor Oral Health
Plaque formation is one consequence of not taking good care of your teeth. The plaque will accumulate around the gumline. Plaque allows bacteria to linger on your gums and eventually cause problems like cavities and gum disease. As these issues continue to worsen, that same bacteria can enter the bloodstream and produce a considerable variety of systemic problems.
In a study of patients with advanced gum disease, they were found to be a whopping 40% more likely to have a chronic disease or condition affecting the rest of their body as well, like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or even mental health issues.
Oral Health and Your Energy
If your gums are swollen and you are uncomfortable, you probably don’t feel like doing much! Poor oral health can lead to decreased energy levels, which can, in turn, lead to additional problems from a lack of exercise. The decrease in energy can also occur as a result of the bacteria continually circulating in your system. Your body will eventually get tired of fighting the battle and leave you feeling worn down.
Oral Health and Your Digestion
Are you getting the nutrients that you should be? Proper digestion is key to weight loss and weight maintenance. Infections in your mouth can lead to tooth loss, which has a worryingly adverse effect on digestion. The less that you can chew your food to release the nutrients, the fewer chances your system has to absorb them into your system.
KEEP YOUR TEETH HEALTHY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE
Whether it’s regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and to provide the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube!