Why Wellness Starts with Healthy Gums
A healthy mouth is good for you! Our mouth is a window allowing us to see what’s going on for the rest of our bodies. Taking good care of your oral health has more benefits than just avoiding a smelly breath. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist can also help your overall health to ward off serious medical disorders. Having gum disease or ignoring dental pain can put you at a higher risk of health issues such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, difficulty controlling autoimmune disorders, and even problems with pregnancy.
Bacteria can build up along your gumline and when it’s neglected it will cause gingivitis. If unchecked or not treated it can progress into a more serious condition called periodontitis. With periodontitis bacteria can enter your bloodstream with routine brushing and flossing or even by eating something crunchy that pokes your gums the wrong way. In presence of a healthy immune system, bacteria in your bloodstream can cause little to no problems. However if the immune system gets weakened by a systemic disease or illness, the bacteria can travel the bloodstream and cause infection in another part of your body.