The Oral and Systemic Health Connection

18 Dec 2018 Uncategorized

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If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the mouth can be considered the window to the rest of the body! Oral health has a significant impact on the overall health of the body.

Dental health problems, such as tooth decay, cavities, crooked teeth, malocclusions, and periodontal disease can cause more than just pain and discomfort. They can also lead to infection, difficulty speaking, swallowing, chewing, affecting your ability to socialize with others and being able to consume the nutrition your body needs. The bacteria from your mouth can also cause infection to spread to the other parts of your body, especially when the immune system is compromised.

Systemic medical conditions are also known to have a connection with oral health. Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and pregnancy-related complications are some of the major health conditions that have been well investigated for their relationship to oral health.

With substantial studies into the association of oral health and systemic health, it has been clear that the treatment and management of dental health are vital to maintaining systemic health. One good example is the presence of dental caries in children.

Dental caries is one of the most prevalent childhood oral diseases. According to a study, dental caries if left untreated can cause malocclusions and malnutrition. Extensive untreated caries directly leads to decrease in mastication, affecting the distribution of functional occlusal contact and disintegration of a tooth from untreated caries can lead to malnutrition, affecting the systemic health, growth, and development of a child.

Here at myORTHODONTIST we highly recommend our patients to maintain optimum oral health and consult with us regarding (https://www.aaoinfo.org/blog/is-there-a-benefit-to-early-treatment/). We evaluate with an airway centric approach looking at more than just the teeth alone – but oral health as a whole. This helps to prevent both oral and systemic complications.

Have your child assessed for a complete airway centric evaluation at myORTHODONTIST. We can help prevent problems from developing, saving you time, money and keeping your child healthy and happy! Contact one of our offices – McKenzie Towne and Southport in Calgary or our location in Okotoks today!

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