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How Oral Health Affects Overall Health

Have you ever wondered what the connection is between oral health and overall health? At Absolute Smile, we provide comprehensive dental care for families that want a trusted and reputable dental care provider. We help our patients understand the importance of oral health so that they can make good choices that will benefit both their smiles and their bodies.

Your oral health is important because it provides clues about your overall health. Problems that have their origins inside your mouth can actually affect the rest of your body, even if you don’t realize the connection. Like many other areas of your body, your mouth is filled with bacteria. Most of these bacteria are harmless. Your body’s normal defenses and proper oral hygiene work to keep these bacteria in check. 

However, if you skimp on proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach higher levels inside your mouth. This can eventually lead to tooth decay, infections, and gum disease. Even certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, and diuretics can reduce the saliva flow inside your mouth. Because saliva washes away food particles and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria, its essential to preventing a microbial invasion that can contribute to disease. 

At Absolute Smile, we can help you work to achieve good oral health that will naturally work to create good overall body health. By choosing the correct foods and by ensuring you practice correct brushing and flossing, creating and maintaining good health can be simple. Our team is always here to help you answer questions and can help you better understand the connection between oral health and body health, too. 

To prevent disease and to keep your smile bright, we recommend proper brushing and flossing in conjunction with regularly scheduled dental visits. Absolute Smile is always ready to help their patients reach all of their dental care goals. Give us a call or stop in to schedule an appointment. 

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