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.
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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.