How Oral Health Can Affect Your Acne

Closeup of a brunette young woman hiding behind a tree trunk due to her slight acne caused by poor oral health

Did you know that your oral health affects your entire body, including your skin? Even though you may find it strange that your teeth have a profound effect on your skin, here’s why you should consider your oral hygiene as a possible culprit behind your acne outbreak!

What Is Acne?

Acne occurs when oils and dead skin cells clog hair follicles on your face and body. It is commonly believed that acne is an issue that primarily occurs during puberty and is made worse when your body digests sugar, but that is not entirely true. Adults can suffer from acne too, and your body’s digestive reaction to sugar isn’t its only cause. Hormonal imbalances, acidic diets, inflammation within the body, and poor oral hygiene also lead to acne!

How Does Oral Health Affect Overall Health?

Your mouth is full of bacteria, and when those bacteria multiply unchecked, they can enter your bloodstream and cause serious infections in your body. Not only does oral bacteria make it harder for your immune system to fight off other potential ailments, it can also cause harm in the long run, including heart disease, pre-term labor for pregnant women, pneumonia, complications with diabetes, and acne.

How Does Poor Oral Hygiene Cause Acne?

Your teeth and your skin are actually afflicted by the same bacteria called propionibacterium. When propionibacterium multiplies on the teeth and under the gumline, it can easily enter your bloodstream and affect your skin. If you have gum disease or an abscessed tooth and notice that you’re developing acne, they are likely linked.

How Can I Maintain Healthy Teeth & Clear Skin?

Brushing and flossing twice a day to keep bacteria off the surface of your teeth and out from under your gums is a must when it comes to maintaining positive oral health and curbing the amount of propionibacterium in your bloodstream. You’ll be amazed by how much your skin clears up just by taking better care of your teeth and gums! Moreover, eat a healthy, varied diet low in acid and sugar to reduce oral bacteria growth and overall inflammation. Drink plenty of water and find time to de-stress for at least a short duration every day.

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Seeing our dentists regularly may save you future trips to the dermatologist! Our team at Las Cruces Dental Solutions looks forward to working with you so you can have a gorgeous smile and optimal oral and overall health. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our office today.

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