Posts for: December, 2015

Most people don’t know how many strains of bacteria can live in a person’s mouth.  Would it surprise you to learn that the number is more than seven hundred kinds of bacteria?   Some of these bacteria do good work but some can be quite damaging to your health if a person’s mouth becomes an environment where they can thrive.

Your teeth and gums are the first line of natural defense against these bacteria entering your body.  This puts an even greater emphasis on your dental and periodontal health.  Sure, it’s important to have regular professional cleanings but there is more you can do that can have a positive impact on your overall health.

There is an oral-systemic link between your oral health and the health of your entire body.  Your circulatory system connects your mouth to the rest of your body’s systems, allowing potential infections and inflammations access to your other vital systems.  This is why periodontal disease or disease of the gums is connected to risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other diseases. 

Bacteria can thrive in your mouth and enter your circulation system through damaged teeth and gums.  Keeping your mouth’s natural defenses strong and healthy is one part of this protection.  Another part is choosing a dentist like Dr. Leix who is educated in the oral systemic link.  Part of Dr. Leix‘s approach to treatment is to address the dangerous bacteria and eliminate it along with keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Are you ready to start protecting your overall health through your dental care?  Please contact us at (815) 455-8186 for an appointment to discuss the oral-systemic link.