The mouth is often referred to as a window to the rest of the body and a dentist or doctor can tell a lot about a person’s general health by simply looking around their mouth.
A healthy mouth generally indicates a healthy body, as does flawless, clear skin, but how is oral health linked to skin health and what can you do to make sure that you have a bright smile and a radiant complexion?
Your skin and your mouth: the link
The skin is the largest organ in the body and like the mouth, it can tell you a lot about your health. Your skin is one of the only parts that is visible without using cameras or scanners and the signs of unhealthy skin are clear to see.
From dehydrated, dry and irritated skin, to rashes, warts and spots or patches of infected skin, the symptoms of health problems are often highly visible and marks on your skin can give clues to issues affecting the internal organs and the body systems; often, if you have external symptoms, doctors have a much better idea of what is going on inside your body and this speeds up the diagnostic process.
Your mouth also plays a very important role in showing dentists and doctors what could potentially be wrong inside the body; dentists and doctors can use oral symptoms to diagnose bacterial infections, abscesses, diabetes, oral cancer, gum disease and cardiovascular disease.
It is uncommon for oral diseases to cause skin problems or vice-versa; however, your skin health and your oral health do have many factors in common and many of the choices you make in order to enjoy good oral health will have a positive impact on the health of your skin.Continue reading