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Preserving Your Oral Health: The Connection Between Dental Care and Overall Wellbeing


Photo of a family brushing their teeth to preserve their oral health.

Your dentist always makes a big deal about maintaining your oral health. Many people overlook oral well-being as a key part of their overall health. However, as your dentist will tell you, it’s not something you should skimp on.

 

There is a strong connection between maintaining good oral health and your overall health.

 

Let’s take a deeper dive into the intricate connections between your oral health and your overall well-being.

 

The Mouth is the Gateway to Your Health

Your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory systems. Additionally, your mouth is teeming with bacteria. Typically, your body’s natural defences combined with good oral health ensure that these pathways remain free from harmful bacteria that could cause infections and other serious health issues.

 

You should be brushing regularly, flossing, and going to the dentist in Winnipeg regularly to help maintain this essential barrier to your body.

 

The Link Between Your Mouth and Your Health

Many studies have shown that there is a link between oral health and various other systemic conditions.

 

Poor oral health has been associated with an increased risk of a wide range of conditions. Inflammations and infections in the mouth can lead to inflammations in other parts of the body and can exacerbate existing health problems.

 

Some of the conditions that poor oral hygiene can contribute to include:


  • Endocarditis – an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves. This typically happens when bacteria or other germs from one part of your body, such as your mouth, spread to your bloodstream and attach to your heart.


  • Cardiovascular disease – this connection is not yet fully understood. Still, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries, and strokes may be linked to inflammations and infections caused by oral bacteria.


  • Pregnancy and birth complications – periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weights.


  • Pneumonia – bacteria in your mouth can even be pulled into your lungs, which can cause pneumonia and other respiratory issues.

 

Oral Hygiene and Mental Health

It’s easy to see how poor oral hygiene can affect your physical health, but have you considered that the state of your oral health can also affect your mental health? Chronic pain and self-esteem issues related to the appearance of your teeth can harm your mental well-being through stress, anxiety, and even depression.

 

On the other hand, maintaining a healthy and hearty smile can boost your confidence and have a positive impact on your mental health.

 

Regular brushing and visits to the dentist are key parts of maintaining your mental health.

 

As Your Dentist in Winnipeg, We Want to Keep You Healthy

Regular visits to the dentist are one of the most important parts of keeping your mouth healthy. Integral Dental, Ellice Dental, and Pearl Dental offer comprehensive oral care services in Winnipeg so you can maintain the best oral hygiene possible.

 

Contact us today to book your next dentist appointment.

 

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