Did you know that your oral health can be a direct link to your overall health? The oral cavity (mouth) contains an abundance of bacteria. Brushing and flossing 2 to 3 times per day removes a tremendous amount of bacteria. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria will be allowed to grow and cause harm to your teeth and gingiva (gums). Periodontitis (gum disease) has been linked to low birth weight and premature babies.
Bacteria can build up in the oral cavity and spread through your blood stream. Researchers believe that oral bacteria can cause inflammation and infections leading to heart disease and strokes. Research also shows a direct correlation between gum disease and diabetics who have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar.
Good overall health starts with good oral health. Therefore, remember to brush and floss 2 to 3 times daily and see your dentist every six months. Dr. Scott Norton (practicing Endodontist in Louisville, KY) treats a lot of people with severe infections. Dr. Norton takes pride in helping patients restore their oral health and getting them back on the road to good overall health.