Your visits to the dentists aren’t just to make sure you’re keeping up with flossing, brushing and taking care of your oral health. (Although those are pretty important to us at Schumacher & Bauer, DDS.) Your oral health is also a window into the overall health of your entire body.

Problems with your mouth can affect the health of your body, and it’s important to understand how your mouth is a window to your overall wellness.

Everyone’s mouth is teeming with bacteria, and most of them are harmless. Daily flossing and brushing help keep the bacteria in check, but without proper care, bacteria can lead to oral infections.

Some studies suggest that inflammation that comes with periodontitis may play a role in different diseases throughout the body. Some diseases like HIV/AIDS and diabetes can lower the body’s ability to fight infections, which can affect your oral health even more.

Which conditions may be associated with oral health?

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Endocarditis
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s always important to regularly floss, to brush your teeth properly and to maintain a healthy diet. Be sure to replace your toothbrush regularly, and of course maintain regular dental checkups with the team at Schumacher & Bauer, DDS. And please contact us if you’re having any issues with your dental health. Taking the time to take care of your oral health is a long-term investment in your overall health and wellness.

Read more about the connection between your overall health and your oral health.