Connecting Oral Health and Overall Health

brushingDaily brushing and flossing are crucial to controlling potentially harmful bacteria that gathers in your mouth. Proper oral care reduces bacteria buildup that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. But did you know that poor oral hygiene can also affect the rest of your body? Without good oral hygiene, you may be putting yourself at risk for one of these diseases or conditions, including:

  • Heart disease.Studies show that cardiovascular disease, stroke, and clogged arteries may correlate to infections and inflammation caused by oral bacteria.
  • This refers to an infection on the inner wall of your heart and develops when germs or bacteria from other parts of your body (including your mouth) travel through your bloodstream and latch on to areas in your heart that are damaged.
  • Your body experiences many hormonal changes when you’re expecting. These changes can increase the risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis, which has been linked to premature birth, low birthweight, and preeclampsia.

Protect your overall health by practicing good oral hygiene every day. This includes:

  • Brushing twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush.
  • Flossing regularly (every day, in fact) to keep your mouth free of food particles that can become stuck between your teeth.
  • Eating healthy foods and avoiding sugary snacks.
  • Not smoking. If you are a smoker, consider a cessation program. Your teeth and body will thank you!
  • Replacing your brush every three months or when the bristles become frayed, whichever comes first.
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning.

Your oral health is the window to your overall health. If you experience any oral health problems, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Ready for a check-up? Contact Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS in Simi Valley, CA
We can be reached at here or by calling 805.584.1194. We look forward to hearing from you!


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Casey Patterson, DDS
Casey Patterson, DDS and Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS
2720 Cochran St, #2b
Simi Valley CA 93065
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2720 Cochran St #2b Simi Valley CA 93065 (805) 584-1194