In St. Louis, the Gateway Arch stands as a strong symbol as the gateway to the west. This iconic landmark is a national symbol recognized by all as it leads us to a different part of the country. But are you aware that each and every one of us has our own gateway? Our mouth! Healthcare professionals believe that our mouths are the gateway to our bodies. This only makes sense since everything that goes into our bodies starts in our mouth. With October being National Dental Hygiene month, it is important to know how to take care of our symbolic gateways!
As you all know, brushing twice a day, daily flossing, and regular dental checkups help keep our mouths clean. By keeping up with these practices you can help reduce the amount of plaque and germs found in your mouth. The presence of plaque and germs can cause everything from bad breath and tooth loss to heart disease. There is actually a name for the connection between our mouth and the rest of our bodies and the diseases connected: Oral Systemic Health. It seems a little far-fetched to assume that plaque can cause something like heart disease, but the American Heart Association agrees. From a statement by the American Heart Association in 2012, there is a connection between gum disease and heart disease. While these studies cannot pinpoint the exact connection between the diseases, we are aware of its existence. In addition to causing heart disease, your oral systemic health is connected to many more health concerns as well!
Dr. Rich is passionate not only about your dental health, but your overall well-being as well! If there is a connection, Dr. Rich wants to prevent it. Therefore, he stresses the urgency of taking care of your dental hygiene as well as utilizing the other preventative measures our office offers. From regular cleanings to preventative tests such as Salivary Diagnostics to test for gum disease, Dr. Rich offers it all. Riverside Dental Arts is up to date with the latest technologies to keep the gateway to your body in the best shape possible.
For more information on oral systemic health, head over to the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health webpage: aaosh.org/public/oral-systemic-faq/
Information retrieved from: Mouth Healthy, a website maintained by the ADA, and the American Association for Oral Systemic Health