At Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, GA, Dr. Brenda Paulen and her staff emphasize the importance of overall health and wellness, helping patients to achieve their optimal “Dental Fitness” through dentistry and good oral hygiene.
Maintaining your oral health is important for many reasons and studies continue to prove the “mouth-body” connection and how the state of your dental health can impact both overall well-being and quality of life, especially as we age.
As an Atlanta area family dentist, Dr. Paulen works with patients to ensure that they understand this relationship between the body and dental health. She takes a comprehensive approach to all facets of her dentistry, taking the time to understand a patient’s medical history, lifestyle habits, and other factors that affect both oral and overall health.
Understanding The Mouth-Body Connection
What is the mouth-body connection?
The oral-systemic link shows us how certain oral diseases can affect your overall health. Traditionally, your dental health and overall health were approached as two separate entities. However, recent studies have proven that they are both intertwined.
For instance, if you have diabetes, a dental infection can impact your blood sugar levels and make diabetes harder to control. When there is an infection in the gums, the barrier between the mouth and the body weakens; this leaves your body more susceptible to bacteria entering the bloodstream. Bacteria in the blood can increase your risk of infection, injury, and inflammation. Inflammation can be harmful to your body. It is imperative to reduce your risk of inflammation to maintain optimal health.
Modern dentistry continues to explore the oral-systemic connection: the many ways in which our oral health impacts overall physical health and well-being. Dr. Paulen continues to update current information on key topics regarding these “mouth-body” connections:
Did You Know?
- Oral Care Can Affect Your Newborn.
- Oral Cancer Kills Nearly 24 Americans Each Day.
- Headaches Can Be Caused by the Way You Bite.
- Gum Chewing Can Help Prevent Ear Infections
- E-Cigarettes are Just As Harmful As Tobacco for Oral Health.
- Your Medications Can Cause Dry Mouth.
- Bleeding Gums Are Linked to Heart Disease.
- Gum Disease May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s.
If you have any questions about your dental health or overall wellness, visit our team at Proud Smiles. Dr. Paulen is dedicated to helping our patients understand their dental and overall health and how to improve them.
Schedule An Appointment
Dr. Paulen is an experienced dentist who has advanced knowledge of the mouth-body connection. She can work with you to assess your risk for dental diseases and recommend the appropriate treatments to enhance your dental health. It is important to visit our office at least twice a year for a routine dental exam.
During your exam, we can check the mouth for any signs of dysfunction and discuss the best ways to improve your oral health. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (470) 239-6422 or request an appointment online.