The mouth is a gateway. Taking care of the mouth helps keep the rest of the body healthy.
Did you know that tooth decay is the second most common infectious condition, after the common cold! Oral health issues can have a profound effect on the well-being of your whole body. Problems that were previously thought to only affect your mouth can have serious effects on your overall health.
The mouth is the source of a number of issues, ranging from embarrassment due to bad breath to life threatening diseases like oral cancer on the other hand. An expert can take one look at our open mouth and get a good idea of our overall problems.
Oral infections are infections that occur in or around the mouth and are caused by bacteria and viruses mainly. Like many areas of the body, our mouth is packed with mostly harmless bacteria. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral health care keeps these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Oral infections are very common and may be a sign of an illness involving other parts of the body. Interestingly, most of these infections can be controlled by simple oral hygiene measures.