Did you know that your dental health and your overall health are linked? Just as your family’s health can play a role in your health, so can it play a role in the health of you smile. To better understand your oral needs, your dentist should have an idea of any preexisting conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or gum disease that run in your family. Without this information, your dentist may not have the right information for identifying and treating your dental issues.
The Link from Body to Mouth
Your body and mouth are linked. Sometimes, dental problems are caused by health problems in other parts of your body, or can offer clues to your overall health. Understanding the connection between your oral and overall health can help you protect yourself and your family.
Certain viruses or diseases can weaken your immune system, allowing harmful bacteria in your mouth to wreak havoc. Also, several common medications can reduce saliva flow in your mouth, decreasing the protection saliva gives, making you more susceptible to periodontal disease.
Your oral health can contribute to, worsen, or become affected by several different diseases and conditions in your body, including:
- Heart Disease
- Premature births and low birth weight in pregnant women
Keeping Your Dentist Informed
The best way to protect the health of you and your family is to inform us if you suffer from systemic diseases or take medication for any medical condition, including those listed above. We take note of any potential risks, and will adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Make an Appointment Today
To help maintain good overall health for you and your children, it is important to have good brushing/flossing habits to help mitigate the risks presented by certain illnesses and medications. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly, and schedule regular appointments with your Ft. Myer’s dentist at Mitchell Dentistry.
Mitchell Dentistry is a Ft. Meyer’s family dentist, offering experienced dental care for the entire family. Your family’s health is very important to us. To schedule your next cleaning or dental check-up, contact our practice today.