How Dental Health Affect the Body’s Overall Health

Dental health is probably an underrated part of one’s overall health.  Most people’s concern of dentistry is cosmetic.  However, overall dental health is very important and more than just having a pretty smile and no cavities.  Actually, overall health is affected by the condition of one’s dental health.  Most people don’t realize that poor dental health may be affected by or even contribute to various other non dental health issues.  One condition that is the result of poor dental health is endocarditis, which can be caused by a gum disease that opens the gums and allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream. If someone has a weak immune system or a heart valve, this can cause infection in other parts of the body like the inner lining of the heart, resulting in endocarditis.

Oral bacteria have been linked to heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke.  The causes of these conditions at times are traced to an ongoing inflammation condition from a severe form of gum disease.  Premature birth and low birth weight have also been linked to gum disease. 

Those suffering from diabetes are fighting the body’s lowered resistance to infection.  Not only is inadequate sugar control an issue, but there is a higher likelihood of infection of the gums.   When looking for a dentist, you want a top dentist that is familiar with both the cosmetic and health implications of overall dental health.

Dr Stephen Coates is a Long Beach Ca dentist that is aware of the overall health implications of poor dental health. Dr. Coates stresses the need for education and prevention for all his clients as providing “dental health care” is a better alternative to “disease care.” For information on the many services of Dr Coates, please click here.

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