Oral Health and Overall Health By Dr. Ashlin on October 05, 2021

Teeth Talk Tuesday is our blog outlet about interesting dental topics. We’re sharing information about the latest and greatest developments in dentistry as it applies to your life!  

We understand that there is a lot going on in the world right now. However, getting your teeth cleaned is one thing that is very safe and absolutely necessary! Your dental cleanings and exams are keeping your entire body healthy. It’s not “just a cleaning.” In this month’s blog we discuss how oral health is directly correlated to your overall health.

It all comes down to bacteria.

Brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings help prevent harmful bacteria from growing in your mouth. Routine dental cleanings and check-ups are an essential part of your overall health. Delaying dental visits could have detrimental long term effects on your health. To show you what we mean, here a few facts about oral and overall health.

-Periodontal/gum disease is the most common chronic inflammatory disease in the world. The inflammation from periodontal/gum disease is associated with inflammation throughout your body, especially your heart.

-People with periodontal disease/gum disease are TWICE as likely to die from a heart attack and THREE times as likely to have a stroke!

-Long term exposure to periodontal/gum disease bacteria can advance insulin resistance and glucose intolerance— the major signs of prediabetes. One study showed that individuals with a genetic predisposition to obesity experienced accelerated weight gain when they had periodontal/gum disease.

-The bacteria present in periodontal/gum disease travels through the blood stream to the brain and has been closely associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases!

-Additionally, if a cavity is left untreated, an abscess can form and the infection can spread to the brain or close your airway. People have actually died from brain infections after cavities were left untreated!

We’re sharing these facts to display the link between oral health and overall health (not to scare you!). We want to promote great oral hygiene practices and remind you not to skip your cleanings. We realize that some patients have been hesitant to return due to COVID. However, we have maintained the highest level of infection control and practice COVID protocols according to CDC guidelines.

Your dental cleanings are vital to maintaining your overall health so please call us at 704-542-6003 to talk about any questions, concerns, or to schedule your appointment. Our main goal at Kleinheinz Dentistry is your health!

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Kleinheinz Dentistry

Drs. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz and Katrina Ashlin provide comfortable and convenient dental care to patients of all ages. Our dentists are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The North Carolina Dental Society
  • The Charlotte Dental Society

You can schedule an appointment at our office in Charlotte, NC, by contacting us online or calling (704) 542-6003.

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