For the past decade or so, the field of dentistry has taken on more of a holistic approach, thanks to numerous dentists in the field who are getting more curious about the link between oral health and body health. A recent study just discovered that people who suffer from severe gum disease are 40% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of it. Another study, conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, concluded that men with periodontal disease are at an increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer.

Cancer in Baytown, TX | Dr. Hutto, Aesthetic Family Dentistry

So how does the mouth affect our bodies? Dr. Hutto of Baytown, TX explains:

It’s pretty simple. Bacteria builds up on teeth, making gums prone to infection. Our immune system moves in to rid of the infection, so gums start to get inflamed. Over the years and many inflammations later, chemicals are released and eat away at the gums and the bone structure holding them in place. “Inflammation around the mouth area, weakens our body’s ability to control blood sugar level, says Dr. Hutto of Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, Texas. “The idea is that this inflammation in and around the mouth causes the inflammation in the body,” he continues.

So what can you do to prevent your oral health from deteriorating?

Visit an experienced dentist who understands the in’s and out’s of periodontal dentistry so you can boost your gum health. Regular check-up at the dentist office is important, since it helps discover periodontal diseases like cancer in its early stages.

Men are twice as like to develop oral cancer, and men over 50 years of age face the greatest risk.

Oral cancer risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Excessive sun exposure

Oral cancer indicators:

  • Velvety white, red or speckled patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness or pain in mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or talking

If you live in the Baytown, Texas area, make sure to have regular dental exams and check-ups with Dr. Hutto of Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, Texas. Dr. Hutto graduated in 1992 from the University of Texas in Houston as Doctor of Dental Surgery. He later on studied bite alignment and smile restoration, so you know you’re in good hands. Call (832) 514-3922 for your dental appointment at Aesthetic Family Dentistry.

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