Since early childhood, we’re taught about the importance of brushing and flossing in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. What many are not aware of is that good oral hygiene can also benefit you far beyond your sparkling, confident smile. Studies report a direct link between your oral health, and your general, overall health.
Dr. Dean Lodding works closely with the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), which dedicates its research to the connection between your mouth and body. Dentists are becoming more involved with the medical field and saving because of this magnificent discovery.
If your teeth and gums are not cared for properly, bacteria and plaque can thrive. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious oral health issues. Clinical studies have linked the development of periodontal disease (serious gum disease) with other ailments including diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer, and even preventing women from getting pregnant.
The Oral Systemic Link
A study performed in Western Australia focuses on the possible link between gum disease and fertility among women. It reported that from the time a woman starts trying to conceive, her chances of becoming pregnant can depend on how well she looks after her teeth and gums.
The study involved over 3400 pregnant women, and it revealed that:
- Women with gum disease took on average two months longer to conceive than women without gum disease (seven months instead of five).
- Non-Caucasian women appeared to be the group most affected: they were likely to take more than 12 months to become pregnant if they had gum disease.
- Women who want to become pregnant should brush their teeth regularly and visit their dentist to make sure their gums and teeth are healthy.
The AAOSH adds more to the oral systemic link between pregnancy and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease may also influence the likelihood of premature births, or babies with low birth weights. Therefore, it is vital that you maintain good oral hygiene, including regular dental checkups throughout your pregnancy.
Share this information with anyone that’s contemplating a new addition to their family, and book your dental appointment today to ensure your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape. We’re proud to be a part of the AAOSH to promote good oral and overall health.
After reading this article, do you agree with how important it is to maintain your oral health?