Bad breath, receding gums and missing teeth can all indicate the presence of serious dental health problems. However, these symptoms can also be indicative of overall health problems. Many studies have linked oral health to overall health. In fact, the mouth can be considered a gateway to the rest of your body.
Although the plaque that accumulates on your teeth throughout the day is much different than the plaque that accumulates in your veins, it contains bacteria that trigger systemic inflammation that has been linked not just to heart disease but also dementia, Type 2 diabetes and pregnancy complications. Although the health risks are significant, research also reveals that when patients who have serious dental conditions are treated, their risks can decrease. Periodontal treatments to control gum disease can even improve the health of patients’ arteries.
Oral disease may be an indication of other health problems as well. Dry mouth may indicate the presence of diabetes while thrush or other symptoms may be symptoms of HIV. Bad breath can be a symptom of chronic metabolic problems, diabetes or dental problems.
The best way to protect your oral health is by maintaining good dental hygiene and visiting Dr. Zadeh, a leading Beverly Hills dentist, regularly. Brush and floss daily, and monitor your mouth for any changes. Following our dentist’s recommendations and seeking treatment when necessary can help reduce your risk. If you notice any changes or it has been six months since your last cleaning and checkup, give us a call to schedule an appointment.