Television’s health champion, Dr. Oz, has made startling references to what’s known as the Oral Systemic Link. This link illuminates how the condition of your teeth and gums can affect your overall health.
The toxic effects of oral bacterial infections don’t necessarily remain localized. Those toxins can hitch rides and possibly inflict mayhem on other parts of your body.
Traveling Toxins—Why You Should Care
Affecting more than the permanence of your teeth or the smell of your breath, some studies strongly indicate that traveling oral bacteria may be linked to:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Kidney disease
- Impaired fetal development
- Orthopedic implant failure
Transportation is Not an Issue
Routine brushing and flossing helps curb destructive bacteria from growing without restraint. Being negligent with this allows bacteria to overpower the natural defense system our gums provide.
Along with keeping up with your brushing and flossing routine, visiting us is just as important to maintain excellent oral health. At Point Family Dentistry, each dentist in our Minneapolis area office will provide you preventative treatments with our state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive exams. Our goal is to safeguard your oral and overall health to make your dentistry experience comfortable and affordable.
Without protective healthy tissue acting as a barrier, we’re facing a bacterial jailbreak. Suspected escape routes are:
- Surfing the Stream: Once oral bacterium have permeated your gum tissue they are free to catch a ride through your circulatory system. Their arrival in other tissue and organ systems can trigger infections. If you have a pre-existing inclination towards cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes or other diseases with inflammatory origins, you risk aggravating them.
- The Aquatic-Aerial Routine: A mouth overloaded with bacteria naturally results in saliva laced with toxins. With each inhalation, you risk aspirating bacteria laden water droplets into your lungs, potentially causing pulmonary infections and pneumonia. The elderly or those suffering from weakened immune systems (associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can find this especially worrisome.
A smile kept healthy bodes well for the body as a whole. So maintain your mouth—your body is counting on you! Visit us at Point Family Dentistry today for distinguished preventative care.