Dr. Matthew Harrison

Oral health is important in preserving the function and beauty of your smile, but it also impacts the health of your entire physical body. Because soft tissues in your oral structure are vascular, pathogens in your mouth can access your bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. This can lead to infections and serious health complications.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits Protect Smiles 

Good oral health habits prevent cavities and gum disease by faithfully removing harmful bacteria. Daily hygiene routines and bi-annual check-ups from the dentist protect your smile and overall health. If you neglect your oral health, your teeth and gums may show the following signs and symptoms: 

  • Bleeding
  • Tenderness
  • Receding
  • Sensitivity  
  • Swelling   

Serious Repercussions When Oral Health is Neglected 

When your oral health is compromised, bacteria can infect vital organs and complicate many health conditions. Research shows a strong link between periodontal disease and many other systemic diseases, for example:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Arthritis

If you have oral plaque, there is an increased chance that you will have plaque in other areas of the body that contribute to heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Bacteria also cause inflammation which creates a host of problems, from increasing your chances of a stroke andmaking diabetes more difficult to manage to damage the joints of arthritis sufferers. 

Excellent Preventive care at the Dental Office of Dr. Matthew B. Harrison 

To keep your oral health optimal and protect your physical well-being, contact the dental office of Dr. Matthew B. Harrison in Rogers. Dr. Harrison provides outstanding preventive care that educates you on optimal ways to keep your teeth healthy and treats your teeth with thorough exams and meticulous cleanings.