Dental One Associates of Cross Keys
2 Village Square, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD 21210

What’s the Link Between Family Dentistry and Your General Health?

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Do you know that your dentist can tell a lot about your general health by performing a simple dental exam? The connection between poor oral health and systemic illness has been proven by medical research. Most illnesses can produce signs and symptoms in your mouth. Some are only obvious to a trained eye. When disease starts in your mouth, it can affect other parts of your body. The link between oral and general health gives your dentist the ability to help discover serious medical problems early, so be sure to keep your dental care appointments.

Bacteria, Oral Disease, and your Overall Health

Your mouth is full of bacteria. If you make a habit of failing to brush or floss, plaque buildup and infection will eventually set in. Then tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss follow. According to some studies, the toxins produced by oral bacteria and the associated inflammation of periodontitis can play a role in the development of some serious diseases. Also, when saliva flow is reduced because of certain medications or medical conditions, it can affect your health. Saliva normally washes away food particles and neutralizes the decay-causing acids produced by bacteria. Poor saliva flow may result in bacterial overgrowth despite your best efforts at good hygiene.

Beyond Family Dentistry: The Relationship between Systemic Diseases and Poor Oral Health

Family dentistry professionals may often be the first ones to see the signs and symptoms of a systemic disease, and some of these are serious or even fatal. The following conditions are all associated with oral health problems:

Endocarditis spread through oral infection
Alzheimer’s disease in people who experience tooth loss before age 35
Premature birth and low birth weight
Sjogren’s syndrome
Cardiovascular disease with associated heart attacks and strokes
Osteoporosis
Diabetes with associated gum disease contributing to poor glucose control
Oral lesions suggesting HIV and AIDS

Improve Your Dental Care Habits and Make Sure to See an Affordable Dentist

You can improve your oral health by brushing twice each day, flossing daily, eating healthy foods, and avoiding tobacco. Most importantly, be sure to schedule regular visits with an affordable dentist so you can keep your mouth healthy and protect the rest of your body.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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