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Can Poor Oral Hygiene Affect My Overall Health?

Can Poor Oral Hygiene Affect My Overall Health?Many individuals either fail to realize how important oral hygiene is for their overall physical health or simply ignore the fact that there is a strong relationship between proper dental care and their well-being. Not only that, but the condition of your oral health can provide us with clues about your physical health. Practicing good oral hygiene should be everyone’s goal as this can help prevent a lot of unpleasant conditions such as gum disease, halitosis (bad breath), and tooth decay. Plus, as you grow older, you may be less prone to tooth loss.

Recent research studies have revealed new reasons for you to be brushing and flossing on a regular basis, one of which is being able to prevent certain medical disorders. Conversely, when you have periodontal (gum) disease an unhealthy mouth will increase your risk of more serious health issues including heart attack, poor control of diabetes, preterm labor, and stroke. Consequently, the evidence provided by dental research studies continues to build a strong case in favor of practicing good oral hygiene and receiving proper dental care.

Shine Dental Group of Long Island wants you to understand how important your oral health is and how there is a strong connection between it and your overall health and well-being. You should also know that what’s in your mouth has a great deal to do with your overall health. For instance, a saliva swab performed by your doctor can reveal volumes about what is taking place on the inside of your body. As a result, many health conditions will make themselves known by certain signs or symptoms.

Your mouth provides our dentists with a vantage point that can help us detect any early signs or symptoms of certain systematic diseases or those that can affect or are associated with your entire body and not just a specific area. When conditions such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS become apparent, we might see mouth lesions or some other oral problem. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, we see oral signs and symptoms produced by more than 90% of the known systemic diseases out there.

If you have been overlooking the importance of proper dental care and oral hygiene or have developed certain health issues that could be associated with this, we urge you to contact Shine Dental Group today and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. Remember, your overall health could depend on it.


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