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Your dentist, Dr. Drew Hines, wants you to have a top-notch oral health, and it’s not just because he doesn’t want you to suffer cavities and toothaches. It’s also because having a top-notch oral health can also help you have a top-notch overall health. Little did you know, certain dental issues have been found to be linked to major health issues related to the major organs in the body. This is why your dentist recommends brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly.

One dental issue that is found to be linked to many health problems is periodontal (gum) disease. This disease has a relationship with heart disease and stroke. It also has a relationship with birthing pre-term, low birthweight babies for women.

The oral health can also be related to additional health issues, especially because many symptoms show in the mouth, like dry mouth, mouth ulcers, swollen gums, and excessive oral tissue problems. These diseases include oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, leukemia, heart disease, and kidney disease. Fortunately, if you keep up with your six-month checkups, your dentist might be able to detect these problems at the early stages when they are not as dangerous.

In addition to keeping up on your dental exams and cleanings, it’s best to brush twice a day, floss once a day, have a healthy and balanced diet, and avoid tobacco use. These things can help you lessen the affects your oral health has on your overall health.

For more information and details about how to help your overall and oral health in Charlotte, North Carolina, please contact Drew Hines, DMD at 704-366-3526 today and talk to our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment if you’re due for a six-month checkup. We look forward to helping you!