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The quality of your general health is directly linked to the status of your smile. Poor oral health puts your body at risk by increasing your chances of developing harmful health conditions. We offer you the facts on the relationship between your mouth and other areas of your body to help you better care for your total being.

Not only does poor dental care cause oral and facial pain as a result of tooth decay and periodontal disease, it can lead to loose and missing teeth. This occurs when plaque and tartar buildup remain on your teeth and gumline and produce inflammation and infection in the gum tissue.

Decayed and missing teeth are one of the lesser-known causes of digestive issues. If you are unable to chew and break down food properly, you may experience digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure.

Many studies have found that oral infections can have a negative impact on major organs by allowing bacteria into the bloodstream and weakening areas such as the heart. Inflammation in your organs can lead to major health concerns.

To avoid these detrimental effects, we urge you to take our dentist’s advice and brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit Southland Smiles at least every six months for routine dental cleanings and exams.

To learn more about how you can improve the relationship between dental and general health in Flossmoor, Illinois, please call 708-794-4253 today. Dr. Richard Mantoan, Dr. Armand DiBenedetto, Dr. Zaid Atarchi, and Dr. Ni Van are happy to help you with all of your oral health needs!