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Did You Know That Your Oral Health Can Affect Your Overall Health?

September 16, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_neslund @ 5:27 pm

A woman having a dental examination.Just as they say your eyes are the windows to your soul, your teeth can often be the view into other aspects of your overall health. Did you know that your dentist in Boiling Springs may be able to identify other health concerns occurring in your body just by examining your teeth? Here are some of the conditions he may be able to help diagnose.

Heart Disease or Diabetes

Thanks to emerging information, we now understand the link between periodontal health and other health issues in the body such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

It seems that the bacteria that causes gum disease can enter the bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body where it can contribute to the inflammation that causes theses other health concerns, and vice versa. Taking good care of your oral health means that you’re also taking care of your overall health.

Poor Nutrition

A diet largely filled with sugars and carbohydrates can affect the health of your teeth. Sugar fuels the bacteria that produce the acids that cause tooth decay, so excessive cavities can be a sign of poor nutrition.

Acidic foods or drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce, curries or marinara sauce can also leave stubborn stains on the surface of your teeth. For many people, it takes professional whitening treatments to remove the staining from their teeth.

Sleep Apnea and Anxiety

Bruxism, also know as clenching and grinding, can cause excessive, or premature wear of your teeth. Sleep apnea, which is a dangerous sleep disorder that causes patients to stop breathing during the night, can contribute to bruxism, and vice versa. Wearing a night guard while you sleep will protect your teeth from the damage caused by bruxism, and could help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms.

Stress and anxiety can also be the cause of bruxism. While a night guard can help protect your teeth, you may want to seek out ways to reduce your stress such as an exercise program, or stress management therapy.

Your dentist is truly your partner in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health and overall health. Be sure to discuss your needs and concerns with your dentist at your six-month examinations.

About Carlisle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you thinking you need a great “dentist near me?” Look no further than Dr. Thomas Neslund! He’s been providing patients in Carlisle, PA with comprehensive dentistry for nearly 20 years, and practicing for over 25. Patients will find a welcoming atmosphere for the entire family and a dedicated doctor and staff when they work with Dr. Neslund.

Would you like to contact Carlisle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry? You can reach us through our website, or by calling 717-258-5455.

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