Struggling with tooth decay? Many people experience a form of decay at one point or another, which leads to a need for dental attention. Additionally, in some cases of tooth decay, the entire body may require attention too. Keep reading to find out more!
Tooth decay and overall health
The following review of tooth decay highlights how it can affect the entire body. This information can be helpful to individuals who are trying to better understand the link between oral and overall health.
Understanding tooth decay
In order to understand how tooth decay can affect overall health, it is important to first learn more about the process of decay. While it may come off as sudden once diagnosed, the actual process does not happen overnight. Instead, it usually takes a few weeks to a few months for the teeth to start deteriorating. Something causes the decay to start, which is typically a lack of oral hygiene over time, teeth grinding, or eating the wrong foods too often.
With that being said, it is important to understand that not all tooth decay is a result of a cavity, otherwise known as a tooth infection. In fact, some cases of tooth decay are a result of natural wear on the teeth. Individuals that eat a lot of foods that are tough, hard, or chewy may experience tooth decay; however, there may not be an infection present. In these cases, there is less of a risk.
However, if there is a lack of oral hygiene or overconsumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages then the result may be an infected tooth, which can lead to decay. This type of tooth decay is where complete health dentists become concerned with the rest of the body. An existing infection can cause serious problems.
The link between oral health and overall health
Complete health dentists focus their efforts on the link between oral health and overall health. While many may be surprised to learn that there is an existing connection, it is in fact true! In simple terms, when the oral cavity is unhealthy, the rest of the body can also become unhealthy as a result.
For example, in the case of tooth decay, if it is present for long enough, the infection can spread throughout the body via the bloodstream. Once the bacteria from the infection reaches other parts of the body, it will attack, which can lead to more serious health conditions. Diabetes, heart problems, and even the development of cancerous cells have all been said to occur as a result of tooth decay.
Consult with a complete health dentist
Individuals that struggle with tooth decay can consult with a complete health dentist to learn more about the connection between oral and overall health. Additionally, the dentist can perform an evaluation to determine the most appropriate treatment route. From there, any questions or concerns about tooth decay can be addressed. To find out more or to get scheduled, reach out today.
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