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We’re all aware of how important it is to focus on overall health and wellness. Without doing so, you run the risk of developing one of the many debilitating diseases plaguing American adults in today’s culture.

But did you know that your overall health and wellness can be directly impacted by your oral health? Here at Polished Dental in Hawthorne, California, Dr. Nina Nattiv sees a lot of patients who aren’t aware of the connection between their oral health and overall wellness. To help you understand why it’s so important, let’s look at the impact oral health can have on your overall health.

Infections spread easily
If you don’t take care of your oral health – specifically, your gums and teeth – you’re at risk for gum disease. This is a serious condition in which the bacteria in your mouth eat away at your gums and teeth until you have not much of either left.

Those bacteria don’t just stay in your mouth, however. Since they’re in your mouth, they can easily spread from place to place in your body, which makes the need for a clean mouth that much more important.

Spreads out your immune system
If your oral health is always suffering, your immune system will be working around the clock in your mouth. That means it has less ability to protect the rest of your body from a myriad of different health problems.

You don’t want to spread your immune system too thin. The fight to keep your body healthy is hard enough as it is. Don’t let something you can easily control – like your oral health – compromise the rest of your wellness.

If you need more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at 310-349-1980. As part of our team’s dedication to our patient’s oral health, we offer holistic dentistry. What this means for you is that we take into consideration your dental health as it relates to your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. A healthier smile is a healthier body!