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Many people take good care of their smiles just because they know it’s the right thing to do. They oftentimes don’t know the consequences of a poor oral health. If you’re one of these people, our Daniel Richards, DMD dental team would like to tell you about one major consequence: your entire health could be affected.  According to studies and research, maintaining a healthy smile can help you have a healthy body. This means unhealthy teeth and gums can be linked to a myriad of dental issues, like:

Diabetes: People with diabetes have an increased risk of falling victim to gum disease. According to researchers, this is the case because the medical condition reduces the body’s ability to resist and fight infection.

Heart disease: Heart disease and stroke oftentimes affect people who have moderate to severe gum disease. However, there is no proof that cardiovascular disease causes gum disease and vice versa. But, the risk factors for both conditions are the same, like tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, and poor nutrition.

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 and overall health can be connected, it’s important to take good care of your smile on a regular basis. If you’re not quite sure how to do so, it’s best to keep up on oral hygiene and visit Dr. Daniel Richards every six months.

For more information about your oral health in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, please call our office at (205) 823-6300 when you get the chance. Our dental team will be happy to help you!