The Connection Between Poor Oral Health and Systemic Diseases

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at Knellinger Dental Excellence, we see this as an opportunity to promote awareness of the connection between poor oral health and systemic diseases. Although oral hygiene is many times considered separate and distinct from the overall health of the body, it has extensive consequences on your overall well being. Poor oral hygiene may occur simultaneously with a more dangerous underlying disease, such as breast cancer. When you are searching for a general dentist in Palm Harbor, FL to evaluate your oral and systemic health, look no further than the experts at Knellinger Dental Excellence. We are dedicated to helping spread the word about the link between oral health and the prevalence of systemic diseases.

Systemic Diseases Affected by Oral Hygiene

Oral bacteria enter your bloodstream and create clumps that trigger systemic inflammation. The response can cause tissues and cells to swell and narrow the arteries, increasing the risk of blood clots. Other systemic diseases that are agitated by poor oral hygiene and health include:

  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Clogged arteries
  • Cardiovascular disease

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and alert us to any developing problems in your systemic system.

Methods for Promoting Good Oral Health

Hundreds of billions of bacteria exist in a clean mouth, inhabiting gingival crevices, tooth surfaces, the tongue, saliva, and the oral mucosa, jeopardizing oral and systemic health. Oral hygiene is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. By brushing, flossing and rinsing, scheduling regular checkups, choosing products with fluoride, reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, and replacing your toothbrush every three months.

Contact Us Today

At Knellinger Dental Excellence, Dr. Dan Knellinger and our staff can work with you to develop an oral hygiene plan to ensure your overall well-being. Contact us today at (727) 228-8000 to schedule an appointment now!

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