Getting Sick? Maybe It’s Your Mouth
Oral health is a window into your overall health. Study after study continually backs up the direct correlation between your mouth’s health and your body’s health.
Your mouth, much like the rest of your body is rampant with bacteria, both good and bad. Keeping these bacteria in check is crucial to long lasting health and happiness. Daily oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and usage of mouthwash helps your body’s natural defenses do their job. If such hygiene is neglected, bad bacteria has free range to do what it wants and stay as long as it wants with can lead to much more serious complications as shown in the infographic.
Furthermore, what most people do not know is that some medications — like antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, and a few others — can drastically limit the production of saliva causing dry mouth. Saliva is important because is serves as a mouth wash for food while neutralizing acids produced by mouth bacteria further helping protect against a bad bacteria takeover and future health complications.
Lastly, recent studies also state that the oral bacteria that is linked to advanced gum disease (periodontitis) are also linked to other serious diseases shown in the graphic. It is vital for you to see your dentist twice a year for checkups, cleanings, and oral exams. Like anything in life, you get out what you put it! So be conscious of how you’re treating your mouth and your body.
Since graduating from the USC School of Dentistry with academic honors, Dr. Ericson has been dedicated to furthering his scope of practice and helping patients feel anxiety-free through every treatment. He has completed extensive training and continuing education, excelling at two residencies in implant surgery and multiple residencies in advanced bone grafting, gum grafting, oral surgery, and surgical orthodontics. Dr. Ericson is also a graduate of the advanced prosthodontics program at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle, WA.