What to know about the oral systemic connection

istock 1129156404 What does it mean to have a healthy smile? Most patients think that a healthy smile is achieved with brushing and flossing each day. Others report that routine dental visits for cleanings and examinations are key. But what if we told you that your overall health was linked to your oral health? Would this change how you care for your smile?

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown, we provide a wide range of services for patients to consider when it comes to the health, function, and appearance of the smile. But the foundation of the smile is healthy for many reasons, especially when considering the oral systemic connection.

Studies continue to find that patients who have developed gum disease, or periodontal disease, are often putting their overall health at risk due to the oral systemic connection. The oral systemic connection is the link from the mouth to the body. Patients with periodontal disease have bacteria in their mouth that is contributing to an infection. The bacteria of this infection is later found elsewhere in the body, putting patients at risk for diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and respiratory problems.

What does this mean? This means that it is even more important than ever for patients to take good care of their smiles! With the help of Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley of Georgetown, TX, patients can achieve the smile of their dreams while reducing their risk for other medical health concerns.

Protecting your smile against periodontal disease requires that patients participate in proper hygiene habits at home, including brushing and flossing after every meal. Additionally, routine visits to the dentist are key for comprehensive cleanings and evaluations to diagnose and treat problems as they occur.

If you are seeking a new dental facility that stresses the importance of good oral hygiene and health, contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown today. Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley are here to assist at their state-of-the-art facility located at 3622 Williams Drive, Building 2. The office can be reached to schedule an appointment at (512) 819-9100 and is open to new and current patients.

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