I don’t need to tell you that you are what you eat. You already know that what you put in your mouth affects the condition of your body. For example, you can have chips and dip or veggie sticks and hummus for a snack. You can choose to smoke… or not. These choices matter to your overall health. But did you also know that just the condition of your mouth plays a direct role in the health of your body? As your dentist in Leesburg, I want to help you have a healthy mouth so you can also enjoy the benefits of good general health. Read on to learn more about the connection between oral and overall health.
November 11, 2017
September 15, 2017
Has this ever happened to you? You’re enjoying a meal and then all of the sudden as you’re chewing you bite down on the inside of your lip or cheek. Within hours, you have a canker sore. Most of the time, this type of mouth sore will heal on its own in a few days. But there are other types that can be persistent. Read on to find out about the different kinds of mouth sores and what can be done to prevent and treat them.
May 11, 2016
Dry mouth is an uncomfortable condition that can lead to chronic bad breath and an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, adequate saliva production is vital for good oral health — the substance washes away the acids and bacteria that cause dental problems, and it also balances the pH level in the mouth and aids in digestion. There are several factors influencing the amount of saliva your mouth produces. Your dentist in Leesburg lists some of the most common causes of dry mouth below.
November 17, 2015
These days, pretty much everyone knows what foods are good for the body. Whether we eat them or not, we’re aware that fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products keep us feeling energetic and looking our best. But what about when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy? There are some nutritional guidelines to keep in mind at the grocery store and in front of the pantry for optimal oral health, too. Your Leesburg dentist, Dr. David S. Groy, is here to help advise you on the best foods to eat for a strong, healthy smile.
July 9, 2015
Your mouth is the main gateway to the rest of your body. So, it should come as no surprise that the condition of your oral health affects your overall health. In fact, reliable research proves the oral-systemic connection and that several illnesses and diseases can result from poor oral hygiene. Therefore, the importance of taking care of your teeth, gums and oral health cannot be overstated. Leesburg dentist Dr. David S. Groy and his staff of dental hygienists and dental assistants are here to help you maintain your oral and general health.
First, what are some of the diseases and conditions linked to oral health? These include, but are not limited to:
Diabetes. Not only are people with type 2 diabetes more likely to have gum disease, but recent research shows that patients with periodontitis have an increased risk of developing diabetes as compared to people with little or no gum disease.
Heart disease. Once again, periodontal bacteria are the culprit. The “bad” bacteria that is associated with gum disease can enter your bloodstream, lodge inside blood vessels and lead to blockages, heart attack or even heart failure.
Low birth weight and pre-term deliveries. Several studies have found a link between gum disease, pre-term birth and low birth weight. In fact, one study concludes that women who develop periodontitis between 21 and 24 weeks gestation are four to seven times more likely to deliver before week 37.
Enjoying Good Oral and Overall Health
To avoid these and other health concerns, Dr. Groy recommends an effective at-home oral hygiene routine, as well as regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings. At least twice each day, brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gum line and brush in small circular motions. Be sure to brush the outside, inside and biting surface of each tooth, using a short back-and-forth motion. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too.
Finally, floss between your teeth at least once a day. Flossing helps to remove sticky plaque, which is where the bacteria that causes gum disease hides.
Call Our Office Today
In addition to brushing and flossing at home, Leesburg family dentist Dr. Groy recommends twice yearly dental checkups at which we’ll clean your teeth, remove plaque and tartar, assess the health of your gums, check for tooth decay and conduct an oral cancer screening. Our state-of-the-art dental practice welcomes patients from Leesburg, VA, and the surrounding areas, including Middleburg, Lovettsville, Hamilton, Ashburn, Purcellville, and beyond.