The Mouth: Window to Overall Health

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Gingivitis, seems harmless right?  It can be–with good oral health, it is completely reversible. But, if untreated, gingivitis leads to periodontal disease.  Most people believe that periodontal disease only affects the mouth– this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Periodontal disease increases the risk for conditions such as coronary heart disease and stroke, complications of diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and respiratory diseases.

 

How can plaque from my teeth affect the rest of my body?  Bacteria forms a film underneath the gums, particularly where teeth are misaligned.  Then, gum pockets form and further trap bacteria and debris.  This leads to inflammation and invasion of connective tissue and blood vessels.  Your body releases white blood cells and proteins to fight the inflammation.  The constant  combination of bacteria, toxins, and inflammation causes damage the cells that line your arteries.  And, just like that, you are on your way to conditions like coronary heart disease and stroke.  So, one thing is clear, the body and mouth are not separate!

 

Straight, properly aligned teeth can help you avoid these negative effects.  Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth, keeping them protected from periodontal disease. Straightening your teeth can make a huge difference in having a healthy mouth and body.  Ask Dr. Hatcher or Dr. Jones what they can do to align your teeth to make sure you are on the road to a healthier you.

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