Oral-Systemic Health: What You Should Know

Oral-SystemicIf you read our blog regularly, you’ve heard us discussing a concept called oral-systemic health. Oral-systemic health theorizes a strong connection between your mouth and body. This isn’t all a big guess. Many compelling research studies have traced bacteria which starts in the mouth (such as the germs which cause periodontal disease) into other parts of the body.  Maintaining meticulous oral hygiene may do more for you than just keep your smile beautiful, clean, and healthy. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr.Aziza Askari wants you to know you could end up preventing heart disease, strokes, and other life-threatening conditions by simply taking care of your teeth and gums.

Serious Health Conditions Starting in the Mouth

The earliest signs of terrible health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are often very subtle; even silent. Warning signs of oral health issues may be revealed through lesions, sores, or dry mouth. At Comfort Dental Spa our dental team will provide you with a comprehensive checkup and cleaning which will include an examination for tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Askari also utilizes digital X-rays that can detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. Identifying signs of trouble early will increase your chance for successful treatment. However, be sure to see your general physician for overall health checkups as well. By allowing doctors and dentists to care for you, connections in oral and overall health are easier to put together.

Importance of Regular Cleanings

Plaque is bacterial based and constantly forms on your teeth and at your gumline. If you leave plaque on your teeth, the tissues will weaken and become infected or start to decay. Gum disease and cavities both lead to tooth loss when untreated. Infection greatly reduces your mouth’s ability to control germs. As the bacteria travels from your mouth and throughout your body, it infects other areas, potentially leading to complications during pregnancy (pre-term labor) Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and the serious conditions we mentioned earlier.

Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist

Dr. Askari recommends a thorough dental checkup every six months to determine the presence of abnormalities which may indicate higher risks of disease. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Askari, call Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington, Michigan at (248) 474-6434. We serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Novi, Farmington Hills, Dearborn, and the surrounding Detroit communities.