Understand the Connection Between Your Oral and Overall Health

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Evidence suggests that your oral health can be connected to your overall health, which means having a healthy mouth can promote a healthy body. This is because unhealthy teeth and gums can be linked to a myriad of other health issues, including:

Diabetes: People with diabetes are more likely to fall victim to gum disease. Many researchers think this might be the case because diabetes decreases the body’s ability to resist infection.

Heart disease: People with moderate to advanced gum disease have a higher chance of suffering cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke than people who have strong and healthy gums.

Kidney disease: If you have kidney disease, your mouth can be affected because it can create chronic bad breath, dry mouth, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. When the kidneys aren’t working properly, the by-products of incomplete protein breakdown are released, causing foul-smelling breath.

Anxiety: Anxiety can affect your oral health in a myriad of ways. First, it can affect your immune system, which oftentimes results in your body’s inability to fight against the bacteria that create gum disease. Second, anxiety can increase your chances of grinding your teeth. This is called bruxism and it can result in chipped and fractured teeth.

Because your oral health is seen as connected with your overall health, it’s important to take good care of your smile every day. You can do so by brushing twice a day and flossing and rinsing once a day. It’s also recommended to visit Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz every six months for a routine cleaning and exam.

To learn more about your oral health in Studio City, California, please don’t hesitate to give Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz at call. All you need to do is dial (818) 755-2920 and our dental team will be more than happy to help you.