When you visit Dr. Ronald Levine at Blue Ribbon Dental in Germantown, Maryland, he will of course focus on your teeth and gums. But the health of your mouth can be an indicator of your overall health. And, issues in your mouth can impact the rest of your body. Your dentist may be the first person to notice that you have a health issue!
Studies indicate that bacteria in your mouth and inflammation from gum disease might be a factor in other diseases. Your oral health may be contributing to conditions such as endocarditis, which is an infection of the inner lining of the heart. Oral health may be tied to cardiovascular disease, and some studies have found a potential link between periodontitis and premature birth. Diseases such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS lower the body’s ability to fight infections making a person more susceptible to oral diseases. Certain medications can have a direct impact on oral health.
Since so much is potentially tied to your oral health, it’s important that you brush and floss on a daily basis, eat a healthy diet and schedule regular checkups and cleanings with our office. Call us for an appointment today at 301-540-8808.