Your teeth do more than just help you smile, talk, and eat. Your oral health has an immense impact on the rest of your body, and it’s one of the few parts of your body that you have major control over in maintaining. These are 5 ways that oral health affects your body.
- Digestive Health
- Heart Health
- Reproductive Health
Your teeth develop plaque and bacteria on their surface every day, and it’s up to you to diligently brush and floss it away twice a day to prevent tartar buildup. If you don’t, you run the risk of swallowing that bacteria and increasing your likelihood of getting sick.
Your saliva contains many answers about your health. It can be tested to determine your hormone levels and even used to detect the presence of drugs in your system. Suffering from tooth decay due to chronic dry mouth means that you aren’t producing enough saliva to control the amount of bacteria that is on the surface of your teeth at any given time, and that your body isn’t able to properly break food down at the beginning of the digestive process.
Did you know that the bacteria found in plaque is responsible for creating the harmful toxins that can build up on your heart’s artery walls? Flossing can quite literally help prevent heart disease!
The bacteria in your mouth doesn’t just affect your digestion. Unless you have a very strong immune system, the more bacteria that you harbor in your body, the more likely you’ll get sick. This is especially true if you are immunocompromised or are a smoker.
Plaque and bacteria can affect pregnant women. Women with high levels of bacteria and tooth decay are more likely to deliver babies prematurely or with low birth weights.
Taking care of your teeth means that you are taking a major step in taking care of your overall health. All it takes is 2 visits to our dentists a year to properly monitor your oral health and significantly help you maintain a beautiful smile. At South Texas Smiles, we proudly offer a wide array of services to cater to all of your dental care needs, no matter how unique your case. Do something positive for your health and contact us to schedule an appointment today!Schedule My Appointment