How Oral Health Can Affect Your Overall Health

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When you see your dentist, you aren’t just looking out for your oral health. The health of your smile can impact your overall health in many ways, from your digestion to your heart health!


Your teeth help you properly break down food in order for it to be digested efficiently. Having decayed or missing teeth means you are missing crucial players to aid your digestion. Moreover, the more bacteria you have in your mouth, the more likely you are to swallow that bacteria and increase your chances of getting sick.

Heart Disease Prevention

Did you know that flossing is good for your heart? The more plaque buildup that you have on and between your teeth, the more likely the toxins that that plaque releases will enter your bloodstream. These toxins build up on your heart’s artery walls, which can lead to heart disease.


When smoking or diseases like HIV/AIDS suppress your immunity, you body’s ability to fight the effects of harmful bacteria decreases. This means that you are more likely to develop advanced gum disease, among other ailments associated with increased bacteria growth.


Have you ever had a DNA test done with just a swab of saliva? That’s how powerful your saliva is! It can be used to detect hormone and drug levels in your system and also wash away bacteria from your teeth. Having chronic dry mouth makes your mouth a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, leading to tooth decay.


Studies show that having a high bacteria count in your bloodstream can lead to low birth weights in newborns.

Having a healthy smile isn’t just great for your self-esteem, but for the rest of your body too. It is amazing how far just brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist twice a year go when it comes to staying healthy. Our team at River Vista Family Dentistry is here to help you have your healthiest smile using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Contact us for an appointment today and see the difference!

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