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What Role Does Oral Health Play in Overall Sense of Well-being?

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Marianne Cohan  September 21, 2022
Do you put off visiting to the dentist because you don't believe that keeping your oral health is as important as other aspects of your overall health? It's possible that the strong connection between dental health and general health and wellness will come as a surprise to you. It is common knowledge that it is […]
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What Role Does Oral Health Play in Overall Sense of Well-being?

September 21, 2022
oral health

Do you put off visiting to the dentist because you don't believe that keeping your oral health is as important as other aspects of your overall health?

It's possible that the strong connection between dental health and general health and wellness will come as a surprise to you.

It is common knowledge that it is vital to maintain good oral health and make routine trips to the dentist in order to avoid toothaches, cavities, poor breath, and other dental problems. However, not taking proper care of your teeth can also have an effect on your general physical health, increasing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as other difficulties.

It is essential to have a solid understanding of the connections between oral health and overall wellness, as well as the ways in which the two can influence and contribute to one another. Continue reading for information about the various physical disorders that are linked to dental health, as well as the steps you may take to prevent adverse effects.

What kind of influence does oral health have on one's general well-being?

When bacteria from your mouth make their way into your bloodstream, it can have an effect on your entire health and wellness, which is why maintaining good oral health and hygiene is so important.

In most cases, natural defenses that have been set up by your body are able to prevent bacteria from invading certain systems. On the other hand, if you do not maintain good dental hygiene, the bacteria that accumulates in your mouth has a chance of getting into your bloodstream and spreading throughout your body.

Tooth decay and gum disease are both conditions that can be caused by bacteria found inside of your mouth. According to the findings of several studies, periodontal disease may also be associated with bacterial pneumonia and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, paying attention to the hygiene of your mouth can prevent bacteria from infiltrating the rest of your body, which can in turn protect you from a variety of potentially serious health conditions.

Regular dental checkups can benefit not only your oral health but also your overall health.

Which medical conditions are linked to oral health issues?

Poor dental health and wellness have been linked to the following illnesses:

Oral bacteria, which has been connected to cardiovascular disease, can induce inflammation. This may raise the risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.

• Endocarditis: If you don't maintain good oral hygiene, bacteria from your mouth could enter your bloodstream and attach themselves to different parts of your heart. This condition can occur when you don't properly care for your teeth and gums. Because of this, an infection will develop in the valves that are located inside of your heart.

Birth issues Periodontitis is a known factor in the development of birth complications during pregnancy, including the delivery of a baby who is premature. In addition, the treatment of periodontal disease can lessen the requirement for insulin in patients with diabetes.

Cancer: Poor oral hygiene has been linked to a number of cancers, including leukemia and oral cancer.

Pneumonia: In the same way that bacteria can get into your heart, they may also get into your lungs, which can lead to pneumonia and other respiratory problems.

Which conditions have the potential to impact your oral health?

Oral health can play a role in the development of certain health issues, and some health conditions can play a role in oral health. Examples of medical conditions that may affect your dental health include the following:

Diabetes: Gum disease is more likely to affect people with diabetes. A person with diabetes has a reduced immune system, which increases their susceptibility to disease. Gum disease patients have a more difficult time managing their blood sugar levels, which can be improved with appropriate periodontal care.• Alzheimer's disease: As Alzheimer's disease advances, it is possible for patients to experience deterioration in their oral health.

HIV/AIDS: Individuals who have HIV or Aids are more prone to suffer from oral problems, such as mucosal sores.

• Osteoporosis: This condition occurs when your bones become fragile or weak, which can lead to issues with your dental health such as tooth loss and bone loss in the jaw. There is a possibility that people taking medication for osteoporosis would experience harm to their jawbones.

What can I do to safeguard the health of my mouth?

Maintaining good oral hygiene, being aware of the warning signs of gum disease, and scheduling routine checkups with a dentist in your area are the three most important things you can do to promote both your oral and overall health.

• Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day: The most fundamental step you can do to safeguard your oral health is to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice day. Keeping up with this technique will enable the defense mechanisms in your body to operate effectively, thereby keeping bacteria from entering your system.

• Try to eat healthily as much as you can because the food you consume can have an effect on the condition of your teeth. You should eat in a way that is both healthy and balanced. You should also stay away from foods that contain an excessive amount of sugar.

• Floss your teeth every day. Daily flossing has a number of important benefits for your oral health. Inflammation can be reduced by cleaning the spaces between your teeth, which can also help eliminate bacteria-filled plaque.

• Schedule checkups and regular appointments with your dentist: When you go to the dentist on a regular basis, they are able to monitor your oral health and take preventative measures against gum disease and tooth decay before they cause any significant damage. At the very least, you should visit the dentist twice every year.

• Refrain from using any form of tobacco: The lungs and gums are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of tobacco use. Stay away from cigarettes and tobacco if you want to keep your dental and overall health in good shape.

• Change your toothbrush at least once every three to four months If you want to maintain good oral health and cleanliness, you should change your toothbrush at least once every three to four months.

Aside from practicing basic dental hygiene, it is also important to be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of gum disease. If you observe any symptoms, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible and take the necessary precautions.

Signs that indicate gum disease:

  • Having bad breath is one of the symptoms of gum disease.
  •  Mouth infections •
  • Gum inflammation or swelling
  •  Loose teeth •
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth

Maintaining good oral hygiene on a regular basis and being aware of the warning signs of gum disease are both important things to do if you want to stay healthy.

Observations and conclusions

Maintaining good dental health can affect one's overall health since oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and other bodily systems. Poor oral hygiene has been related to a higher risk of illnesses like endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, and complications during childbirth.





Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.


With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.



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