Your mouth is a reflection of your overall health. Make it a priority for 2017!

Sep 30, 2016

You've heard about the eyes being the windows to the soul? Well, consider the mouth the window to your overall health. Doctors can tell a lot about how your body is faring by taking a swab from your mouth or accessing your gum and tooth health.

How do we know this? Every day, at our dental practice in McMinnville, Ore., we are given opportunities to care for the teeth and gum of our patients. But Dr. Diesburg also runs through a battery of other diagnostic tools to access other issues that may be going on with our patients.

What have we been able to identify? 

Diabetes.

Oral Cancer.

HIV/AIDS

Heart disease.

Risk of stroke.

That's one reason visiting the dentist needs to be a priority for every person in the family. Sure, you might say. You're a dentist. You're supposed to say that. But we will all tell you that we are driven by our desire to make sure that no one must suffer the unnecessary pain and suffering of all of the problems associated with poor oral health. It's what gets us up in the morning.

The connection between gum health and overall health

The case for improving oral health this year and maintaining those habits for the rest of your life keeps getting stronger and more compelling each year. Here's how it works:

If you have gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums which is caused by bacteria lodging inside the plaque on your teeth, your mouth is likely teeming with dangerous bacteria that poses a risk to your health.

Normally, bacteria in the mouth doesn't move to the rest of the body. And when it does, if you have a healthy immune system, it is fended off by your antibodies. But if you have a compromised health or immune system, if you are already suffering from other ailments, it can provide a perfect storm for infection and disease. 

How can you fix this?

Simple. Brush and floss, every day. See your dentist for cleanings and check-up's at least once, but preferably twice a year. Add a mouthwash rinse if you'd like. Avoid sugary, sticky foods and try not to snack between meals. Teach your children to do the same.

Make your teeth a priority in 2017

Health home habits, including brushing and flossing daily and avoiding contact minutes with sugary foods and drinks, are the very first and most important step to achieving optimal dental health and, thus, optimal health.

But visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings is necessary to keep a healthy balance in your mouth and, thus, your body.

Our wish for you is a 2017 where you feel great and know that your habits are supporting lifelong health and wellness. We would be thrilled to be the professionals to help you on that path. 

Make an appointment with Dr. Diesburg today by calling 503-472-2222.

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