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Oral Health & Systemic Health

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we believe that a healthy smile is a reflection of your overall well-being. Many people don't realize the profound connection between oral health and systemic health. In this brief guide, we'll explore how your oral health influences your entire body and why prioritizing dental care is essential for a healthier life.

The Mouth-Body Connection: Your mouth is not isolated from the rest of your body. It is a gateway to your bloodstream, and the health of your oral cavity can have a significant impact on your systemic health.


Here's how they are interconnected:

  1. Gum Disease and Heart Health: Research has shown a link between gum disease (periodontitis) and heart disease. Inflammation and infection in the gums can lead to inflammation in other parts of the body, contributing to heart problems.

  2. Diabetes and Oral Health: Diabetes and gum disease often go hand in hand. Poorly managed diabetes can increase the risk of gum disease, while gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar levels.

  3. Respiratory Health: Oral bacteria can be aspirated into the lungs, potentially causing respiratory infections or aggravating existing lung conditions.

  4. Pregnancy Complications: Untreated gum disease during pregnancy has been associated with preterm birth and low birth weight. Proper oral care is crucial for expectant mothers.

  5. Arthritis and Oral Health: Certain types of arthritis and gum disease share common inflammatory pathways. Managing gum disease can have a positive impact on arthritis symptoms.

  6. Digestive Disorders: Oral health issues, such as missing teeth or untreated cavities, can affect your ability to chew and digest food properly, impacting your gastrointestinal health.

  7. Mental Health: Oral health problems can lead to self-esteem issues and social anxiety, affecting your mental well-being and quality of life.


Prioritizing Oral Health: Maintaining good oral health is not just about a beautiful smile; it's about caring for your overall health. To protect your systemic health:

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

  • Manage Gum Disease: If you have signs of gum disease, seek prompt treatment to prevent its progression.

  • Regular Dental Check-Ups: Routine dental visits can detect early signs of dental issues and systemic health concerns.

  • Healthy Lifestyle: Eat a balanced diet, limit sugary foods and drinks, avoid smoking, and manage stress for better oral and overall health.


Your Smile, Your Health: Your oral health is an integral part of your overall well-being. By prioritizing dental care, you're taking a crucial step toward a healthier, happier life.


Questions or Concerns? If you have questions about how your oral health may be connected to your systemic health or need guidance on maintaining a healthy smile, please contact us. We're here to support your journey toward optimal health and oral wellness.

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