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Did you know having poor oral health can affect more than just your smile? Well, it’s true. In fact, having poor oral health (which results from inadequately brushing and flossing and failing to visit your dentist) can cause many major health issues. Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton is happy to elaborate by mentioning a few of the issues that could be involved.

The first issue is an oral and facial pain. Gum disease is likely to cause this discomfort. The disease is an infection in the gums. This problem forms when the plaque and tartar are not removed from the teeth and gumline on a regular basis. Without treatment, there is a chance you could suffer from loose and lost teeth.

The second issue is complications with the heart and other major organs in the body. Oral infections can affect the entire body because they can dive into the bloodstream and spread to other areas of the body. If you’re not careful, the infections can inflame your vital organs and create serious complications.

The third issue is digestion problems. As you may already know, digestion begins with breaking food down, which is also known as chewing. If you have problems chewing, it can cause additional problems, like intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders.

So, as you can tell, it’s important to take good care of your smile. So please remember to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months. To learn more, please call Lawrence Periodontics, LLC today at 785-312-3820! We look forward to teaching you how to maintain top-notch oral health in Lawrence, Kansas.