What is the Mouth-Body Connection?

Healthy mouth, healthy body? Quite possibly. The connection between mouth and body has gotten noted attention in the past decade and is becoming established in scientific circles. It’s interesting and worthwhile to know about the mouth-body connection, because when the body is healthy, the mouth will usually look and feel healthy as well. Yet if your mouth instead has telling symptoms such as lesions or an abnormal looking tongue or gums, further attention and action is probably needed.

It is thought that when bad bacteria flourish unchecked in the mouth, the body then uses the bloodstream to carry such “bad bacteria” to the heart, where it can build up and contribute to heart disease. When oral infections can easily spread like this through the body (often because of poor oral hygiene), it potentially causes further infection, illness or disease in other areas.

According to the Mayo Clinic, studies show that bacteria in the mouth and the inflammation associated with periodontitis (a severe form of gum disease) can play a role in some diseases. The clinic also notes that diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s can lower the body's resistance to infection, which makes oral health problems even worse

It is more important than ever to keep up with healthy habits from brushing and flossing regularly to preventative dentist visits. You want to avoid telltale inflamed gums as well as potential bone loss in your mouth--that would only add more worry and stress for your body to handle! Taking care of your mouth will reap continued benefits, and you can look and feel better overall.  

A consultation with Dr. Amores can help you decide which option is best.

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