Getting Sick? Maybe it’s Your Mouth

By March 16, 2018 February 19th, 2019 Dental Tips, Dr. Sten Ericson

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.

Getting Sick? Maybe it's your mouth

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