Ever wonder why when your mouth hurts or a tooth is missing, it causes an avalanche of health issues you never saw coming? Our teeth have the capacity to carry the weight of our innermost workings of well-being. If there are any issues with your gums or teeth, it’s worth a deeper look into the why’s.

Oral Health Factors for Wellness

Being in good physical shape, eating nutritious foods, maintaining low stress levels, and following a proper oral care regimen can certainly contribute to a beautiful smile. Yet if something is awry in your mouth, a sensitive tooth for instance, or bleeding gums, or bad breath, there’s a reason to explore the problem further. Oral health is key to overall health.

The synergic relationship between oral health and overall wellness is one that researchers continually study to understand how a broken tooth can possibly lead to high blood pressure or a heart attack. It’s the neglect that complicates matters. Most people have no inkling something is wrong until they visit their dentist.

These are the most common diseases associated with poor oral health:

  • Heart attack or stroke – Ongoing inflammation in your mouth can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which may lead to more inflammation in other parts of the body, such as the heart.
  • Gum disease – Often referred to as the ‘silent disease,’ this chronic inflammatory condition is linked to a host of illnesses including diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

By paying attention to–and practicing–your oral health regimen on a continual basis, your whole health and well-being can rise up a notch.

Dr. Martin and his entire team in W. Eric Martin, DDS, PC in Champaign, IL are up-to-date on all the latest ways taking care of your oral health can help with a disease-free life. Some wellness problems are hereditary and genetic, and the only solution is to continue to practice proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing on a regular basis play a major role, as does a biannual visit to our office.

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