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Does Where You Live Affect Your Quality of Oral Health?


Posted on 4/17/2017 by Doctor Southard
A mouth suffering from severe gum disease.
You might not spend much time thinking about your mouth, but oral health is just as important as the health of the rest of your body.

Poor oral health leads to a variety of issues, including gum disease, which affect not only your mouth, but also the rest of your body. Many factors affect your oral health, and where you live may be one of them.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious oral condition. Bacteria in your mouth attack your gums, leading to redness and swelling. As it progresses, the bacteria travel below the gum line and wreak havoc on your teeth and jawbone. Your gums recede and your teeth become loose. They may even fall out. Bacteria can even enter the bloodstream and travel throughout your body. But what does location have to do with it?

Access to Dental Care

Depending upon where you live, you may or may not have easy access to good dental care. Even in your brush and floss regularly, dental visits are an essential part of oral care maintenance. Even the best brushers are at risk for developing gum disease. A dentist can access more difficult to reach spaces and spot problems early. Without access to dental care, you are missing out on an important part of your oral hygiene routine.

Access to Nutritious Foods
Nutritious foods are another important factor in maintaining good oral health. Certain areas have easy access to stores and restaurants filled with quality, nutritious foods, while others are what are often referred to as "food deserts."

Nutritious foods are hard to come by; instead people are surrounded by processed foods that offer little nutrition at all. A well-balanced diet helps to keep your whole body healthy, including your teeth and your gum tissues. Deficits can easily lead to poor healing and poor health.

The saying goes "location, location, location." Indeed, where you live can play a role in your oral health. With a little bit of research, however, you can take control of your oral health and make sure that it remains optimal.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.

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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
1006 W St Maartens Dr, Suite A
St Joseph, MO 64506

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