Cupertino Dentist Explains Your Mouth and Body Relationship

When speaking of general health, not many people stop to think about their mouths. The purpose of your mouth should hint that it is an important part of your body, considering everything that enters your body (i.e. food, beverages, and air) enters through the mouth. Continuing advancements in dentistry have led to a deeper understanding of how important your mouth is to your body health. In this article, Dr. Randall LaFrom explains what we have learned about our mouths and bodies.

Understanding Your Oral-Systemic Health

You should know by now that a healthy mouth requires a comprehensive dental exam twice a year. Dr. LaFrom will thoroughly inspect your mouth for  tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer lesions. In addition, your checkup will include an examination of diagnostic X-rays which detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. The earliest signs of major systemic diseases, including heart disease, can manifest in the form of lesions in the mouth or other oral problems. A dental checkup at Dr. LaFrom’s office can increase of the chance for identifying health issues early on, which will improve the chance of treatment success.

Maintaining Your Oral-Systemic Health

Bacteria and bacterial plaque constantly form in your mouth. Without an adequate oral hygiene routine, these elements remain in your mouth and attack your gums and teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease weaken your mouth’s natural defenses, such as enamel and saliva. Those same bacteria can enter your bloodstream through the diseased soft gum tissue, travel throughout your body, and cause further infections. If left untreated, infected gum tissue can lead to potentially fatal systemic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. For expecting mothers, persistent infectious gum disease has been potentially associated with preterm or low-weight birth babies. Bleeding gums are an open wound in the mouth that can let bacteria and infection into the bloodstream. Proper nutrition and home care can make a huge difference in your overall health.

Dr. LaFrom will inspect your dental health and teach you how to maintain good oral health at home and in your daily life. To learn more about your oral health, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. LaFrom, contact our Cupertino dentist office at (408) 996-8595. We serve patients from Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on June 23, 2012.

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