Does Oral Health Affect Your Skin?

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You may be surprised to learn that oral health can affect your overall health. Heart conditions, pregnancy complications, diabetes, and stroke have all been linked to poor oral health. But what about the health of your skin? Turns out, you may want to take great care of your teeth if you want a glowing complexion.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is the term given to blemishes that appear on the skin. It’s caused by bacteria in the pores that become infected and cause a red bump to appear. Acne can be accentuated by hormonal changes, too much sugar in your diet, and stress. Acne and redness of the skin are signs that inflammation is occurring in your body.

How Oral Health Affects Your Skin

Lack of oral health can lead to a myriad of health concerns, including gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Although rare, certain oral concerns can lead to problems that appear on the face. If you have an oral infection that is left untreated, it will worsen. In some cases, the bacteria may spread widely enough to affect your skin, causing acne and breakouts. This is why you should never put off seeing a dentist when you have oral pain. It could be a sign of a serious problem and could affect other parts of your body.

How to Stay Healthy, Inside & Out

Overall health is holistic. That means that taking care of one thing will positively influence everything. For example, eating nutritious meals that are low in sugar and carbohydrates is not only good for preventing cavities and gum disease, it will also help your skin glow. Drinking plenty of water will rinse your teeth and remove food particles that could lead to tooth decay. It will also help to hydrate skin and keep it looking fresh. Be sure to keep up your daily dental routine, including brushing twice daily and flossing. These small actions will help keep your smile and skin radiant.

Questions? We Have Answers

If you have any questions about optimal habits for a beautiful smile, let us know at your next appointment. We would love to help guide you! Call us if it’s time to schedule an appointment.

Dr. John Cutting

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.