Everyone wants healthy teeth and gums along with a beautiful smile, but many people don’t realize just how important a healthy mouth is in conjunction with their overall wellbeing. Gum disease, which is a common condition in this country that often goes untreated, can have a detrimental effect on a lot more than your mouth.
The next time you visit your Fontana, CA dentist for a routine examination and teeth cleaning, you should know that you are doing a lot more for yourself than keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
More and more research is linking together dental health and heart health. Some studies suggest that the bacteria in your mouth from gum disease can travel through the bloodstream and increase the formation of clots. Clots decrease the flow of blood to the heart, putting people at a higher risk of a heart attack.
Millions of Americans have weakened bones because of a loss of bone density; this is called osteoporosis. Most people don’t know they have the disease until they break a bone—often a hip or pelvic bone. The good news is that your dentist might be able to diagnose the disease before you get a fracture through dental x-rays, loss of bone in the jaw, and the presence of gum disease.
Expectant mothers might be shocked to learn that some studies suggest that bacteria from gum disease that enters a woman’s bloodstream can travel to the uterus impacting the health of the unborn baby, resulting in low birthweight.
Although there is still much to learn about the connection between oral and system health, it’s best to be safe rather than sorry and be diligent about maintaining good oral health.
For more information or to schedule a dentist appointment, contact WinningSmiles in Fontana, CA. We are dedicated to providing your family with the best in dental care. We are always accepting new patients!