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Do you ever worry about the state of your teeth? If so, you probably know that you should be brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Taking care of your teeth also involves seeing a dentist bi-annually. However, did you know that these things can actually benefit your overall health, not just your oral health?

For instance, have you heard that poor oral hygiene could actually lead to diseases such as diabetes? If you get an infection in your mouth, you could have to deal with inflammation. Your body’s response will be to send antibodies to the infected area. While this inflammation may not seem too serious, it can actually affect the way that your body produces insulin.

You should also know that if your oral health isn’t as good as it should be, you could be much more vulnerable to heart disease. Sadly, fighting off infections makes your heart work harder than it normally would, which can eventually lead to hypertension and potentially to a heart attack.

Lastly, you’ll be more vulnerable to other medical issues if your oral health isn’t ideal. For example, Alzheimer’s has been linked to dental issues, especially if you have lost a tooth before the age of 35. Poor dental hygiene has also been linked to osteoporosis and autoimmune disease.

To learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or about how we can help you improve your oral health in Riverton, Utah, please feel free to give Lighthouse Dental & Orthodontics a call at 801-871-3499. Our dentist, Dr. Samuel Richey, and the rest our team are excited to hear from you.