Over the past several years, study after study has shown that the condition of your mouth and gums is one of the best indicators of your overall health. Though it is not clear exactly how this connection works, research shows that improving your oral health can actually prevent certain diseases that affect other parts of your body.
Nebraska general dentistry at The Dentists of Omaha may be your first line of defense against a host of health problems. Please call 402.445.4647 to schedule a general dentistry visit for routine oral care, your regular dental visits, and family dental care.
The Role of General Dentistry
Just like your overall health, your oral health starts with self care. Practicing good oral hygiene at home is the first step in safeguarding your smile and staying healthy. General dentistry takes good oral hygiene a step further with professional dental cleanings and exams, including oral cancer screenings.
General dentistry is the best line of defense for keeping your mouth—and the rest of you—healthy. Regular dental exams allow your dentist to watch for indications of poor nutrition, problems with development, or improper jaw alignment. Because so many health issues are related to your oral condition, you should be sure to let your dentist know of any health changes, even if they seem unrelated.
Complications of Poor Oral Health
Neglecting your oral health can lead directly to serious health problems, including:
- Oral and facial pain: Left untreated, gum disease can progress to serious infection and bone loss. This can lead to tooth loss and compromised facial structure as bone loss progresses. Some degree of gum disease is present in 3 out of 4 people, so proper dental care is essential to healing.
- Heart and organ damage: Infections that start in the mouth can become systemic—affecting the whole body. These infections can attack vital organs, including the heart. Fortunately, in most cases, the condition improves once the gum disease and infection are treated.
- Digestive issues: Proper digestion depends on the processes that begin in the mouth. With dry mouth or improper chewing due to pain, digestion is compromised. Over time, this can lead to serious issues like intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and various digestive disorders.
To avoid these issues, schedule a cleaning and exam with our Nebraska general dentistry team, by calling 402.445.4647 today.