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The Importance of Oral Care

As kids, we are taught the importance of brushing our teeth, and it is a lesson that remains with us throughout our entire lives. Making sure to brush your teeth on a regular basis helps reduce the risk of plaque, cavities, gingivitis and helps keep your smile sparkling. However, did you know that good oral hygiene can enhance your overall health?

To understand the relationship between oral hygiene and overall health, it is important to learn about gum disease. Gum disease is most commonly the result of poor oral care, and can lead to health complications such as stroke and heart disease. Studies also report that more than 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations which can range from swollen gums to dry mouth and ulcers. By maintaining good oral hygiene, you are also reducing your risk for diabetes, leukemia and kidney disease, just to name a few.

Another major complication that results from poor oral health is digestive disorders. This occurs because digestion begins with the chemical and physical processes in the mouth. Therefore, problems here can make digestion difficult and can cause irritable bowel syndrome, and in extreme cases can lead to intestinal failure.

To make sure your oral hygiene is up to par, it is best to see a dentist on a regular basis. Not only will they be able to make sure your oral care routine is sufficient, they can look for developments in the mouth that may indicate more serious health issues.

If you are looking for reputable and trusted dentists in La Jolla, be sure to visit our directory. Here, you'll be able to find the contact information for dentists in the area, and you will find other articles about dentistry. Remember, good oral care means better overall health!


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