Mouth Body Connection
We strive to provide patients with the opportunity to achieve total oral health and wellness because we believe the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body and that an unhealthy mouth can increase risk for even greater disease. These complications can include increase risk of stroke, heart attack, diabetes, types of cancer, and arthritis.
The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body.
The mouth is home to hundreds of different types of bacteria, and while many of these are a key part of a healthy mouth, some specific bacteria are linked to increased health risks. In the mouth these are associated with tooth decay and periodontal disease, both of which are caused by bacteria.
We put an emphasis on periodontal screening because we want to protect our patients from the consequences of ignoring them.
There are 20 billion bacteria in your mouth and they reproduce every five hours. If you go 24 hours without brushing, those 20 billion become 100 billion.
Some common signs patients should be aware of include:
- bleeding when brushing or flossing
- red swollen gums
- bad breath
- loose teeth
We strive to help our patients achieve and maintain oral health and wellness because we believe it affects more than just their teeth and smile.