Orthodontic & Whole Body Health

Orthodontic & Whole Body Health
Posted on 07/01/2015

A few blue moons ago, scientists supposed that oral health had no direct correlation to overall body health. Recently, researchers have seen that people with gum disease are more likely to experience heart disease or have trouble controlling blood sugar than people without gum disease. While gum disease may not be the exclusive cause of these health conditions, continued studies do shed light on a broader understanding. That is, good oral health isn’t just about maintaining a healthy smile; it has an impact on the health of your entire body.

 The links between gum disease and whole body health

The relations between the health of your mouth and the health of your body are too many to overlook. Here are four potential influences between the health of your mouth and the health of your body:

  • Extreme oral inflammation has been related to a greater incidence of clogged arteries.
  • The American Society of Microbiology has revealed that certain types of oral bacteria can infect the arterial cells and weaken the wall of the heart.
  • Loose teeth are widely believed to be a red alert for osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bones to become less dense.
  • Some studies suggest women with gum disease are more likely than those without gum disease to deliver premature newborns.

 Orthodontics and gum disease


So how does undergoing orthodontic treatment at Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics relate to gum disease? Braces do so much more than give you an aesthetically pleasing smile. Simply put, straight teeth are easier to brush and floss than crooked teeth. Clean teeth equates to a lesser chance of gum disease and a healthier profile overall.

Despite the absence of cold hard facts in these scientific findings, the lesson is evident: If you improve your oral health, you will also be more capable of preserving a healthy body. For more information about this topic, please contact us at our convenient Fairlawn, Cortland or North Olmsted, OH office. We look forward to seeing you smile!