Getting a healthy body takes more than trips to the gym and your local grocery store’s produce section. It also means regular visits to your dentist. That’s because the health of your mouth in many ways determines the health of the rest of your body.
Gone untreated, several seemingly benign dental conditions can lead to much more serious health problems. For example, dental plaque, which typically manifests as a pale yellowish biofilm that forms on the surface of the teeth, is easily removed in the first day or so. However, it begins to harden within just 48 hours and, over the course of several days becomes dental calculus. More commonly known as tartar, dental calculus can be difficult to remove and can lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Both of those conditions are linked to more serious health issues like high blood sugar, diabetes and heart disease.
Good dental health also is critical if you’re an expectant mother. That’s because gum disease in pregnant women can contribute to premature birth. Plus, bleeding gums are a common effect of the simple hormonal changes that an expectant mom’s body undergoes. So, it’s often dismissed as nothing harmful, when in fact, it may be a red flag for gum disease. That’s a major health risk to your baby because bacteria from a mother’s mouth can enter her bloodstream, which allows it to enter and colonize in the placenta, potentially infecting a fetus. In fact, a 2010 study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology provided the first direct human evidence that oral bacteria can also cause stillbirth.
On a lighter, but equally important note, good dental hygiene and a beautiful smile can help boost your confidence. And when you’re more confident, you’re more likely to make healthy choices like exercising, eating nutritiously, nixing bad habits like smoking and drinking excessively, staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep.
Are you ready to take control of your whole-body health? Start by calling 614-808-1700 and scheduling your twice-annual teeth cleaning with Grove City Dental. Our highly trained dental hygienist will remove the tartar and plaque from your teeth, and Dr. Scott Schumann will further examine your teeth for signs of gum disease, and may recommend additional preventative treatments.