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Did you know that creating a healthy body begins with a healthy mouth? Well, it’s true! When you have poor oral health, your body is affected as well. This means neglecting your daily brushing and flossing routine or skipping your six-month dental cleanings has¬†more potentially damaging effects on your physical well-being than might have realized.

Today, our dentists, Dr. Jeremy Dull and Dr. Amy Karpenko, want to share some of their concerns about how your oral health can impact your health.

Discovering how neglecting one’s oral health affects your smile is a painful way to learn, as poor oral health usually ends up creating oral and facial pain. The culprit, in this case, is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums that arises when plaque and tartar build-up is not removed from the teeth and gumline. Over time, if this formation is allowed to accumulate, you can end up with loose teeth or teeth falling out altogether.

Your oral health also affects the major organs in the body, and in particular, the heart. When you have oral infections, bacteria spread through the bloodstream into other areas, including the vital organs. This can cause them to become inflamed and result in serious complications.

Another health concern you may experience with poor oral health is digestive issues. This is because the digestive process itself begins in the mouth. When you chew, you are in the first step of the digestive process. If you cannot break down the food in the mouth because of loose, damaged, or missing teeth, you can eventually find yourself with intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, or other serious digestive disorders.

As you can see, your oral health is a vital part of your health and well being. The good news is, these issues can be avoided with simple daily care. Brushing twice a day, flossing once daily, and keeping scheduled dental check-ups and cleanings go a long way to keeping your smile and your body in good health.

If you would like help with your smile, please call our Monroe Family Dentistry team today at 734-241-6550. Dr. Jeremy Dull and Dr. Amy Karpenko, are ready to help you create a healthy life in Monroe, Michigan!