While things like nutrition, mental health, and physical health have all been well known factors that contribute to total-body wellbeing, oral health is beginning to emerge as a factor as well. It is becoming clear that oral health may have a significant impact on the rest of your body and immune system. Here is a look at the connection between oral health and total-body wellbeing.
If you fail to brush and floss your teeth consistently, you run the risk of building up plaque and bacteria that make your gums more susceptible to developing an infection. If you do develop an oral infection, your immune system will react and you will display inflammation. As long as the infection is not treated, your immune system will continue to attack it, and the resulting inflammation can eventually cause gum disease. This inflammation can also negatively impact the rest of your body in significant ways, as oral inflammation is linked with complications elsewhere in the body. If your immune system is focused on fighting off the infection in your gums, it will be less prepared to combat any other issues until your gums have recovered from infection.
Many people are aware of the various health complications that smoking cigarettes may cause. These include issues like yellow teeth and plaque buildup as well as more serious conditions such as increased risk for heart disease and lung cancer. Nicotine also inhibits your gums from fighting infection, which significantly increases your risk for gum disease. In addition to negatively impacting your overall health, smoking can cause oral complications that further impair your total-body wellbeing.
If you would like to know more about the connection between oral health and total-body wellbeing, call Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C. Our office would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We are a New York City dental practice that offers Invisalign, dental implants, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Call (212) 661-9777, visit our website, or stop by and see us today to learn more.