Mouth-Body Connection

Mouth-Body Connection

Mouth-Body Connection
Oral hygiene is directly connected to overall health, both reflecting and affecting it. Poor oral hygiene can lead to caries, halitosis, abscess and heart disease, and bacteria in your mouth can travel to the rest of your body and cause serious complications.

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    Dentists are helpful in recognizing brittle bones and osteoporosis in women because they see patients more frequently than doctors. Dental X-rays can be helpful in detecting osteoporosis. Dentists know what to look for, so they are in a good position to help find osteoporosis that may have gone undetected. Dentists are concerned about a number of problems that might accompany osteoporosis, such as loose teeth, detached or receding gums, and dentures that do not fit. These can be signs of lower bone density, which could lead to tooth loss or periodontal disease.

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    Orthognathic surgery is essentially corrective jaw surgery that is performed by an oral surgeon, in conjunction with your orthodontist. Some patients have jaw conditions that not only leave them feeling less confident about what they see in the mirror, but it impacts their life in other areas as well. What many of these people don’t realize is that there are treatments that can be performed by an orthodontist that can correct these conditions. Many people have taken advantage of the science to address a variety of jaw alignment issues.

    Through orthognathic surgery, the doctor repositions the teeth and facial bones and works to give the face a more balanced look. The surgery is typically performed in the hospital, with the length of stay varying, depending upon such factors as the doctor, patient age, etc. Some doctors perform the surgery as an out patient procedure. The patient undergoing the surgery is given a general anesthesia. There is no noticeable scarring from the surgery, as the incision is made inside the mouth.

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    Eating disorders can definitely affect your teen's oral health. Without the proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed more easily and the glands that produce saliva may swell. If your teen suffers from bulimia, throwing up frequently can also affect the teeth because when strong stomach acid repeatedly flow, enamel can be lost to the point that the teeth change in color, shape and length. The edges of teeth become thin and/or break off easily. Eating hot or cold food or drink may become uncomfortable.

    If you suspect your teen has an eating disorder, talk to his or her physician. You should also seek guidance from health professionals trained in eating disorders and consider contacting the National Eating Disorders Associations for information on how to support your child.
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    Researchers don't know exactly how the hormones estrogen and progesterone affect gums. Although this relationship is not well understood, researchers have documented changes in gum sensitivity, inflammation, and a higher risk of periodontal disease during hormonal changes in a woman's life. These include puberty, menstruation, the use of birth control pills, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and trying to find the optimal dose of estrogen replacement. Good oral health care practices, routine dentist visits, and a good diet can help prevent any increased risk of periodontal disease from hormonal fluctuations. Some research suggests that estrogen supplements might slow the progression of periodontal disease.
     
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    Yes, some oral health problems can lead to life-threatening conditions. For instance, mouth and throat cancer can be life-threatening and can cause serious problems. This is why oral health matters. While everyone loves having a nice smile, it's important to see a dentist regularly so they can examine your mouth, not only for cavities, but for other health conditions as well.
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    Vegetarians are at risk of not getting enough vitamin D or calcium, which might increase the risk of decay and periodontal disease. Vegetarians may have low calcium levels if they consume a lot of plant products that have phytic and oxalic acid, which can interfere with calcium absorption in the body. Although many vegetarian diets are nutritious, each person's diet patterns may be different. Talk to your doctor, dentist, or dietitian if you are concerned about your nutrient intake.

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    Depression can lead to poor self-care, Women with depression are less likely to care for their oral health. Women with symptoms of depression should seek treatment from a qualified medical professional.

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    For some people, unhealthy gums can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to systemic diseases. You can practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.

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    The connection between oral health and overall health underscores the importance of thorough brushing and flossing of teeth as well as making regular visits to the dentist, David Wong, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., professor and associate dean of research at the UCLA School of Dentistry, says. But beyond that, since adults tend to visit a dentist’s office more frequently than a physician’s office, there is a movement to expand the role of the dentist to include routine blood pressure measurements to detect cardiovascular abnormalities, as well as glucose monitoring for individuals at risk for diabetes. “One-fourth of people with diabetes are not diagnosed, and there are more than 20 million people who are prediabetic,” Dr. Wong notes. “Dentists can be a major contributor as a partner with the medical community in conducting screenings and evaluations for diabetes and a number of other life-threatening diseases.”
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    Your teeth, in addition to helping with a wide range of tasks and with chewing, are also a very clear marker of your health. If your gums are inflamed, your teeth are falling out, or your teeth are getting ground like fresh pepper from wear and tear, then those problems can affect and reflect the health and wellbeing of your entire body.

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