The American Dental Association recommends that patients get their teeth cleaned twice a year. As one of the best ways to help keep your teeth clean and healthy, there are other health benefits that you may not be aware of including protecting your heart and bones. To learn more about the importance of getting routine dental cleanings, read on.
Did you know that if you have an oral infection that goes undetected that it could end up spreading to your heart? Once the dental infection spreads to your heart’s valves and chambers, it can lead to a heart disease called endocarditis. Endocarditis is a heart disease that caused problems such as shortness of breath, fever, and even extreme weight loss. The next time you consider skipping out on your routine dental cleaning, put your heart into your decision and know that you can suffer from extreme heart problems.
Did you know that your jaw bone can actually start to deteriorate if your dental infections go undetected? For instance if your teeth start to decay and you don’t take care of the issue, your teeth can actually rot and become loose over time. Once your teeth have fallen out, your jaw can then start to deteriorate— a condition that is impossible to reverse.
Additionally, patients with osteoporosis, a disease that causes your bones to become weak, can suffer from further bone deterioration if oral problems are left undetected.
Low Birth Rates
Studies show that if you suffer from periodontitis that you are more likely to give premature birth to a low birth weight baby. Therefore if you don’t visit the dentist as frequently as recommended, you should be careful if you are pregnant.
As you can see there are a few health problems that are related to your oral health. If you are considering skipping out on yet another dental cleaning, think again. To learn more about how to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nik Zalavadia, contact our office today!