Written by: on July 13, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

woman with heart healthy smileIf you’ve every experience tooth sensitivity or discomfort, then you may not have trouble thinking of the benefits of a healthy mouth. The same may be true if you’ve ever needed treatment to treat gum disease, or correct damage caused by the disease. What you may not be aware of, however, is the impact that a healthy, or unhealthy, mouth can have on your overall physical health. The data regarding the relationship between your oral health and your overall health, known as the oral-systemic connection, has been increasing exponentially over the last few decades. To highlight the deeper importance of good oral health, your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, explains the intricacies of oral-systemic health, and what inadequate oral hygiene can mean for your wellbeing.

Breaking Through Barriers

A prime example of the mouth/body connection lies in the formation and progression of gum disease. Gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease, is typically evident in the swelling, redness, and sometimes bleeding of the gingival (gum) tissue. These symptoms are a result of your immune system’s inflammatory response to the presence of harmful bacteria. The inflammation also causes the destruction of gum tissue and supporting jawbone structure. When your oral tissues are compromised by disease, they offer a convenient pathway for oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream. If the bacteria responsible for gum disease’s trademark inflammation, mainly the strain Porphyromonas gingivalis, is allowed to travel throughout your body, it can incite similar reactions in other body tissues, such as heart valves and arteries, and lead to serious chronic inflammatory illnesses.

How a Toothbrush Could Save Your Life

Although seemingly a simple process, the habit of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once can significantly reduce your risk factor for developing chronic systemic illnesses. Brushing and flossing removes bacterial buildup before it has a chance to accumulate enough to cause significant harm. Visiting your Farmington Hills dentist’s office at least once every six months will allow Dr. Askari to check your oral cavity for any malicious signs that could lead to trouble. A dental cleaning will also help remove any plaque or tartar that you may have missed behind, and provide periodontal maintenance to help prevent gum disease.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

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Catogories: Oral Systemic health, Patient Education, Periodontal Disease

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