Would you brush your teeth more if you knew it would defend you from heart disease? Would you floss more if you knew that it would shield you from kidney failure? Think it or not, there is some evidence that periodontal disease impacts the rest of your body outside of your oral cavity, including many of the critical organs. Keep reading to find out what this could mean for you and your loved ones.
While there have been multiple studies suggesting a link between the wellbeing of your mouth and the health of the rest of your body, please note that these studies are ongoing and that the dental professional community has not come to a consensus on their merit. However, their implications, if true, are far-reaching. No longer would brushing your pearly whites help only your mouth – it would also impact your organs and your overall bodily health. The studies find that the two largest links that can be traced to oral health are diabetes and stroke. The most reasonable course of action regarding these studies is to practice strong oral hygiene, regardless of whether the studies are correct. That means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least one time per day and visiting our office regularly.
The Eagle Summit Dental Group staff and Dr. Michael Sanders can be contacted at 907-694-8234; reach out to them to set up your next appointment in Eagle River, Alaska.