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World Health Day: How Dental Health Affects Overall Health

Sunday, April 7 is World Health Day. This day is the perfect time to discuss the different aspects of your health, and learn more about what you can do to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. To help you understand the connection between your dental health and your overall health, the team at SouthEnd Dentistry wants to give you a few reasons that taking great care of your mouth is so important:

Oral Bacteria Can Cause Respiratory Issues

Your mouth is full of oral bacteria, and it’s critical for you to brush regularly and take proper care of your teeth to remove these bacteria. If the bacteria build-up in your mouth is severe, it could eventually lead to serious respiratory issues, like pneumonia.

It’s been shown in clinical studies that there is a link between gum disease and respiratory issues including pneumonia. Pathogens can colonize dental plaque and tartar, and infect your lungs when you breathe, so make sure you brush and floss regularly to avoid this!  

Gum Disease Increases Your Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke

The link between gum disease and cardiovascular issues, including heart attack and stroke, is well-documented. When you have gum disease, the bacteria in your mouth can enter your bloodstream through your gums.

This can lead to a dangerous heart infection called endocarditis. In addition, the natural inflammatory response that your body has to bacteria may also inflame your arteries and veins. Combined with issues like high levels of plaque in the arteries or atherosclerosis, this can lead to high blood pressure and a higher risk of stroke and heart attack.

Gum Disease Can Lead To Diabetes Complications

Gum disease can make it harder to control your blood sugar, and exacerbate your diabetes symptoms. Diabetes also has a big impact on the health of your mouth and makes you more prone to issues like gum disease.

To keep yourself healthy, it’s critical to manage diabetes properly and ensure that you are free of gum disease. Brush and floss regularly, and see Dr. Picot for more information about managing your oral health with diabetes.

Need An Appointment? Contact SouthEnd Dentistry Right Away!

Whether you’re in SouthEnd, Dilworth, Myers Park, Uptown or a surrounding neighborhood in Charlotte, Dr. Picot of SouthEnd Dentistry can provide you with the oral care you need to protect your health. From regular cleanings and oral exams to periodontal care, restorative dentistry and more, we will help you take great care of your mouth.

Get started now by contacting us at (704) 335-8266, or stop by our office at 1520 South Blvd, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28203 to schedule your consultation in person. We hope to see you soon!

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