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The Connection Between Oral Health & Skin Health

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We know that eating certain foods can cause acne, so is it really a surprise that your oral health also has a major impact on the health of your skin?

What Is Acne?

Acne occurs when oils and dead skin cells clog hair follicles on your face and body. Although some people believe that acne solely occurs during puberty or is only brought on by eating sugar, neither is entirely true. Many adults suffer from acne too, and poor diet isn’t its only cause. Hormonal imbalances, inflammation within the body, and poor oral hygiene can all cause acne.

How Does My Oral Health Affect My Acne?

Your mouth is full of good and bad bacteria at any given time. When your oral bacteria multiply and aren’t brushed and flossed away thoroughly and frequently, they can enter your bloodstream and cause inflammation, infection, and disease. When bacteria called propionibacterium multiply on your teeth and under your gumline, they can enter your bloodstream and negatively affect your skin. If you have an abscessed tooth or gum disease and notice that you’re simultaneously developing acne, they are likely linked. Other diseases and issues linked to oral bacteria include heart disease, pneumonia, pre-term labor of babies with a low birth weight, and complications with diabetes.

How Can I Keep My Teeth & Skin Healthy?

Brushing your teeth twice a day, brushing your tongue daily, and flossing at least once a day will curb the amount of bacteria on the surface of your teeth, under your gums, and in your bloodstream. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is low in sugar and acid (such as citrus, potato chips, soda, and candy) and high in calcium, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals (like dark leafy greens). Moreover, drink plenty of water, and regularly take time to relax and de-stress.

A Healthy Mouth Contributes to Healthy Skin!

If you are having problems with your skin, evaluate how often and how well you are cleaning your mouth. At Savannah Dental Care, we are happy to provide more pointers on how to maintain outstanding oral health. Contact our team or schedule an appointment at our office!

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