Lewis Grizzard, Jr. was a legendary American humorist.  His column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was eagerly awaited by fans, and his books, like Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night, and Aim Low, Boys, They’re Riding Shetland Ponies, sold millions.

Lewis Grizzard died at the age of 47, way too young, from problems with his heart valves.

Problems that, some medical professionals have suggested, may have been caused by not taking care of his teeth. Infection and inflammation in his mouth migrated to his heart, causing it to be damaged.

Grizzard’s case is extreme, but it does drive home an important point:  How you take care of your mouth can have a big impact on your entire body.

Your mouth is never sterile, and germs that cause tooth decay and gum disease can contribute to inflammation in other parts of the body.  This can bring on conditions including diabetes, arthritis, premature birth.  People with poor oral health tend to score lower on memory and mental acuity tests, and mouth problems like toothache can affect the ability to function on a daily basis.

The good news is that you can avoid much of this simply by practicing good oral hygiene.  Brush and floss regularly.  Eat healthy.  Schedule regular checkups, and if a problem with your teeth or gums occurs, get it treated.

You’re not only doing your teeth a favor.  You’re helping your whole body.

Is it time to schedule your next checkup?  Call us at Charlotte Dentistry today OR CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment online!

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