How Oral Health Affects Your Family’s Health

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Raleigh Family DentistryA healthy attractive smile is not only a boost to self-esteem; it’s also a barometer of your overall health of you and your family members. Discolored teeth, cavities and gum disease can cause other health problems or be signs of an existing condition.

Poor oral health can be expensive and painful to correct. More importantly, it can cause serious health problems that can shorten the life of you and your loved ones.

Raleigh dentists at Glenwood Smiles read the latest research, which shows:

  • Excessive plaque and oral bacteria can lead to clogged arteries that cause strokes and heart disease
  • Respiratory issues and sleep problems are linked to poor oral health
  • People with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease
  • Scientists are also studying a connection in pregnant women between oral health and premature delivery
  • Parents should be extra-concerned over their children’s dental habits. Behavioral and developmental challenges are associated with children who have untreated cavities.
  • The digestive system may suffer extra stress if teeth are in such poor care that someone finds it difficult to chew. Choking is a very real danger for anyone with bad teeth. Some teeth may need professional care in order to get back to a healthy condition to maintain at home.

Change Lifestyles for Healthy Smiles

Starting a healthy and consistent dental routine at home boosts the long-term health of a smile. This health may be compromised if someone is a smoker. Smoking is responsible for oral cancer and dental disease. While cigarettes are negatively affecting other parts of your body (lungs, skin, heart and more), further damaging your oral health makes you susceptible to diseases discussed above.

Dental problems in senior citizens typically go undetected until they are painful, which means there is a high risk of infection. With senior healthcare costs high, oral care services may not be a priority. Caregivers of aging parents and elderly relatives should make sure access to dentists is available. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to the loss of teeth and an increased risk of more serious diseases, such as respiratory disease. The bacteria in plaque can travel from the mouth to the lungs, causing infection or aggravating existing lung conditions. Preventing cavities and gum disease are the keys to maintaining good oral health.

Oral Health Risk Prevention

  • Visit your family dentist twice each year for annual dental cleanings and examinations
  • Brush at least twice per day and after meals
  • Floss your teeth daily
  • If you have children, brush their teeth until they are able to do it themselves
  • Stop smoking
  • Use a mouth rinse to cut bacteria in your mouth
  • Maintain a healthy diet

Raleigh Family Dentist

Glenwood Smiles is a general and family dental office in Raleigh, NC. Give us a call at 919.834.4450 or take a moment to fill out our contact form to request an appointment.