Would you brush your pearly whites more closely if you knew it would defend you from heart disease? Would you floss more if you knew that it would guard you from kidney failure? Believe it or not, there is some evidence that periodontal disease impacts the rest of your body outside of your oral cavity, including multiple of the central organs. Keep reading to find out what this might mean for you.
While there have been some studies suggesting a link between the welfare of your oral cavity and the welfare of the remainder of your body, please take note that these studies are ongoing and that the dental professional community has not come to a consensus on their merit. However, their implications, if true, are far-reaching. No longer would brushing your teeth help only your mouth – it would also affect your organ systems and your overall bodily health. The studies suggest that the two biggest links that can be traced to dental health are diabetes and stroke. The best course of action is to practice great dental hygiene, regardless of whether the studies are correct. That means brushing your teeth two times a day, flossing at least once per day and visiting our office typically.
The William Forero DMD, PA staff and Dr. William Forero can be reached at 954-752-4901; reach out to them to arrange your next appointment in Coral Springs, Florida.