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How Your Dental Health Affects the Rest of Your Body

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study in 2016, it is estimated that approximately 3.58 billion people worldwide are affected with oral disease. This includes diseases such as dental caries, or cavities, and periodontal disease. But many patients are unaware that these conditions may also impact their overall health and wellness. Oral symptoms and issues may be indicative of other health problems.

What is considered a healthy mouth? And how does a patient know when their dental health issue is signaling an underlying condition that may be much more significant than they may realize? The team of Kalil Dental Associates works directly with patients to help them determine the cause of their dental issues and keep them from impacting the rest of the body.

What conditions impact oral health?

Many health conditions may have unique symptoms that may lead to a proper diagnosis. However, other times, dental health conditions may be an indication that a much bigger problem is at hand. Systemic diseases are those that affect the entire body, and they often produce oral symptoms that can be detected during a routine dental evaluation. Systemic disease that may produce oral signs include the following medical problems:

  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Blood disorders
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Eating disorders

On the flip side, some dental problems that develop can contribute to problems elsewhere in the body. This is called the oral systemic connection. When patients are diagnosed with conditions such as periodontal disease, this infection and inflammation may spread through the bloodstream and increase one’s risk for other problems, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Premature birth
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes

How can I keep my mouth healthy?

Patients are often concerned about the ways in which they can keep their smile free from disease and cavities. Most of our patients are able to control their oral health by:

  • Brushing after every meal
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Visiting their dentist every six months

Work with the team at Kalil Dental Associates today!

We welcome patients to book an appointment at one of our two locations, including Methuen, MA and Windham, NH, to learn more about the treatments available for ensuring a healthy smile!