The Mouth Is the Window to the Body
Bacteria from the mouth in active dental or periodontal disease do enter your bloodstream while you are chewing or cleaning your teeth. These same oral bacteria are pathogenic and can lodge within the blood vessel walls of the heart or localize in areas of implants such as an artificial joint replacement.
Bacteria in the mouth can lead to the following medical complications:
- Heart disease — Leading cardiologists recognize periodontal disease as a contributing factor to cardiovascular disease.
- Colorectal cancer
- Chronic kidney disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Brain abscesses
A healthy mouth helps you enjoy better overall health as well as aiding in nutrition, enhancing social interaction and promoting your self-confidence and self-esteem. Your mouth may provide “signals” to the rest of your body about health problems, and our dentists and team are always happy to discuss your oral health with you during your appointments and make recommendations on ways that you can improve it.
We encourage you to do everything possible to keep your mouth healthy. This includes:
- Brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Making and keeping regular dental appointments
- Being attentive to your oral health and discussing any potential issues or concerns with our dentists
We invite you to call Greenwood Village Dentistry at 303-740-9353 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles Fischer and Dr. Lissa Alconcel and learn more about oral and total health in Greenwood Village, Colorado.