How does dental health affect the immune system?


Oral health is more important than most people realize! According to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy mouth may increase your risk of serious health problems, which can weaken your immune system. Do you know our mouths and are full of bacteria? If untreated, this bacteria can cause disease, inflammation, and/or pain.

Regular checkups and professional cleanings, as well as daily brushing and flossing, keep the bacteria in your mouth under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria levels can increase exponentially and lead to an oral infection. Studies show that oral bacteria and inflammation may cause a severe form of gum disease called periodontitis, which can lower the body’s resistance to infection and weaken the immune system.

Your family’s dental check-ups are just as important as their routine medical exam! At Smiles 4 Life, we recommend visiting the Dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam. To ensure that your family stays on top of their oral health, call or text Smiles 4 Life today at 918.599.8383 to schedule your appointment. You can also visit our website to schedule your appointment online 24/7!