Some of us think quite often about how we can best avoid coming into contact with bacteria, at home, at work, and on the go. We cringe at the thought of touching something that someone under the weather has come in contact with, such as doorknobs, TV remotes, and anything in a bathroom.
What you may not realize is that one of the most bacteria-filled areas encountered on a daily basis is right under your noses. It’s your mouth. And, although most of those bacteria found in your mouth are harmless, they are good indicators and reminders of the need for everyone to practice good oral health in Santa Ana.
Dr. Kareem Abraham and the staff at LifeTime Smiles of OC are dedicated professionals who believe in the name on their door: treating each patient with the attention they need so they have a “Lifetime” of good dental hygiene. By seeing each patient for routine oral examinations, they can monitor any changes and treat minor concerns before they can become a serious health risk.
Can the condition of my mouth really impact the rest of my body?
Absolutely. An accumulation of oral bacteria in combination with another condition such as inflamed or bleeding gums (periodontitis) can often be a risk factor for more serious health issues by lowering your body’s ability to fight off infection. Oral health in Santa Ana should always be part of an overall routine for maintaining a healthy heart and mind.
How do my teeth and gums impact my heart health?
If you continually skip seeing a dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, you are like a tightrope walker performing without a net. There is no safety net for the prevention of bacteria and germs that can easily spread from your mouth to other parts of your body.
A condition called endocarditis affects your heart’s inner lining and may happen when oral bacteria moves into your bloodstream and makes its way to your heart. Clogged arteries and even stroke have been linked to damage caused by oral bacteria and germs. Dr. Abraham reminds his patients of the need for good oral hygiene with a play of words on the old saying: “An ounce of prevention (dental checkup every six months) is worth a pound of cure (maintaining a healthy body).”
Is it true that bad oral hygiene can contribute to memory loss?
Some research studies do indicate the possibility that people with untreated gum disease, or those who have neglected routine care for their teeth, are more vulnerable to developing forms of dementia; to include Alzheimer’s disease. As with heart concerns, bacteria from the mouth can reach the brain and could do damage, including causing deteriorating memory and the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even eating disorders are some of the other health issues that could be linked to poor oral hygiene. Warning signs including sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, loose teeth, and persistent bad breath.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or if you have been neglecting regular exams and cleanings, it is time to make certain you are not putting yourself at risk for a serious health problem.