Apart from celebrating dairy products, June is also set aside as the month to raise awareness of preventable health issues in men and boys across the country. Activities are held to promote physical exercise, screen for diseases, and educate the community on the major health issues facing men today. In honor of men’s health, Dr. Brad Greenfield wants you to understand how dental health is connected to your overall wellbeing.
The Window to the Body
Much like your eyes are windows to your soul, your mouth is the window into your body. The earliest signs of many systemic diseases, including diabetes and AIDS, are found as lesions in your mouth. Since most people see their dentist more often they visit their doctor, a comprehensive dental exam could be your best chance of detecting signs of disease or infection early enough to successfully treat it. Unfortunately, men are less likely to practice preventive dental measures, such as attending a dental checkup, than women are. In fact, only 49% of men even brush their teeth twice a day, as opposed to 57% of women.
Oral-Systemic Health Explained by Michigan Dentist
You may have heard the phrase “oral-systemic health,” most likely from your dentist. Oral-systemic health describes the relationship between your oral health and your overall health. Without an adequate dental hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing twice a day visiting your Lake Orion dentist for six-month checkups and cleanings, your mouth can fall victim to any of a number bacterial infections and diseases.
If your teeth decay, or if your gums become infected, you may lose one or more of your teeth. Additionally, harmful bacteria that reside in your mouth can enter into your bloodstream through your infected soft gum tissue. Once in the blood, the bacteria will circulate within your blood stream, potentially infecting other areas of your body. Complications resulting from periodontal (gum) disease include diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease, among many others.
Early detection is the most effective weapon in fighting any disease. At your Lake Orion checkup, Dr. Greenfield will perform a comprehensive exam, including a visual oral cancer screening, to determine if you are at risk for any infections or disease. To schedule your consultation, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry at (248) 693-6213. We welcome patients from Lake Orion, Oxford, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, and the surrounding communities.