Did you know June is National Smile Month? Well, technically the observance runs from May 13 through June 13, so we still have time to celebrate. You probably didn’t expect to see information about dental-related health on a site for orthopaedic care, but all manner is health is connected in some way.
Your quality of life depends upon many factors: how you move, eat, sleep, and take care of your body. Aspects of oral health may also determine how you care for your joints as you age. If things go wrong in one place, there’s a chance you’ll feel pain elsewhere in time.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, research suggests that tooth loss may be an predictor for Rheumatoid arthritis in patients. Tissues in the mouth and joints have similarities that indicate if one suffers inflammation, the risk of the other part of the body experiencing the same increases.
The Mayo Clinic reports that poor oral health – dryness of the mouth, increase of oral bacteria, and poor dental care – can contribute to a variety of other conditions. Proper care that includes regular brushing, dental visits, and regular hydration not only benefit your body but can reduce these risks.
If you do observe good oral hygiene, great! It’s an important step toward an optimal quality of life, though it’s not a guarantee that healthy teeth will exempt you from pain in your knees, elbows, or fingers. Genetics, injury, and illness may contribute to these aches and pains.
When you need help with mobility and pain management, Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists is here to help. Our team can assess your situation and guide you toward the right procedures and therapies to keep you active and healthy. If you have questions about your joint health, contact us today.