Understanding How Oral Health Influences Your Whole Body
The importance of oral health as an influencer of general wellbeing is often understated. The smile plays a direct role in your overall health, which is why it requires daily care and routine dental visits. At Periodontal Health Specialists of Idaho, our periodontists treat advanced periodontitis and other soft-tissue concerns.
These issues can have a significant impact on various health conditions, such as diabetes, heart health, and pregnancy. We want people to be more aware of their oral health, and how they can improve their overall wellbeing with dedicated hygiene at home as well as visiting their dentist.
The Domino Effect of Periodontitis
Plaque is the yellow layer of bacteria and food buildup that needs to be removed on a regular basis. Without professional care, this substance spreads beneath the gum line and allows the infection to spread to supporting structures, such as the tooth root and bone. From there, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and circulate through the body. Symptoms of periodontitis can include:
• Bleeding Gums
• Bad Breath
• Discolored Soft Tissues
• Loose Teeth
• Deep Pockets Around Teeth
Who’s At Risk?
Periodontal bacteria have been found to complicate existing health issues for people with diabetes and expectant mothers particularly. The bacteria affect nutrient levels in the blood, a factor that is especially sensitive for these individuals. Additionally, the infection can heighten health risks for those with heart conditions, or who have existing circulatory issues. In any case, periodontitis is a severe oral health issue that must be addressed. Dental problems are the most immediate concern, with tooth loss or widespread infection being the end-result of untreated health problems.
How Can I Improve My Hygiene?
Brushing and flossing are the best preventive measures against infection. They slow the accumulation of plaque and eliminate harmful bacteria, protecting your dental structures. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
Good oral health also depends on diet and habits. As most people know, tobacco products are some of the most harmful substances and can significantly impact oral health. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for periodontitis. It can alter your ability to heal properly and can decrease the success of certain periodontal procedures. If you can eliminate or minimize tobacco use, both your smile and your body will function better.
Contact Our Periodontists for Treatment Today!
We offer care from two practices, one in Boise and one in Nampa. Both are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and provide friendly care. For additional hygiene instructions, or for an expert consultation, call Periodontal Health Specialists of Idaho.