Oral Health and Acne

Woman touching acne on lower face

Are you breaking out? Do you deal with skin blemishes, acne, pimples, and zits? If so, you are probably frustrated with the state of your skin. And when you take a visit to a doctor or dermatologist, you will probably never guess that they would refer you to a dentist.

But wait…what does oral health have to do with skincare?

You may be surprised to learn that oral health and acne are actually very tightly linked. Our Star Dental Group Riverside specialists have noticed this connection, and we want to point out how these two important parts of your health can be linked. There are actually many indicators that will let us know whether your facial breakouts are due to a health problem with your teeth. Take a look at some of the possibilities below!

How Teeth and Gums Affect the Face

If you have an abscessed tooth, or if you are suffering from gum disease, this means that you have a buildup of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Studies over the years have come to reveal that this bacteria can actually make its way into your skin, which causes it to have rashes, irritation, and breakouts.

Inflammation on the face is uncomfortable, annoying, and unsightly. Nobody wants to have continued acne problems. While dental issues may not be the sole cause of your acne, it may definitely be a contributor depending on where on the face your acne is located.

Acne on the Lower Face

Oral health problems can cause acne anywhere on the face. However, the most common and particular spots on the face include:

  • Lips
  • Chin
  • Lower cheeks
  • Below nose and above the upper lip

If you have repeating acne problems in these specific areas, you may need to schedule some time to speak with a professional about your oral hygiene. This is a sure-fire indicator that you have decay in the gums or teeth, and since this bacteria can get into your bloodstream, it is spreading its decay and disease to your skin.

Your Mouth Affects the Health of Your Entire Body!

A comprehensive WebMD study proved that the mouth is essentially the “gateway to your body”, as it is easy for infection in the mouth to spread everywhere else. There have been proven connections between poor oral health and diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even complications during pregnancy.

Smoking exacerbates the symptoms and likelihood of widespread infection. Whatever you put into your mouth does eventually spread to the rest of your body, meaning that you are putting inhalants directly into your bloodstream.

You can prevent skin infections and other bodily health problems by staying on top of your daily oral hygiene routine.

Dental Tips to Increase Your Hygiene and Prevent Acne

Frequent acne on or around the mouth might be your body’s way of telling you that you are dealing with decay and infection inside of it.

One thing you can do to prevent this acne from continuing is making sure to wash your face after you brush your teeth in the morning and at night. This helps remove any leftover bacteria that might have been spread around or dripped out of your mouth during the brushing process.

When brushing your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue. A lot of bacteria can build upon it without you even noticing. Increase your routine to at least twice a day, and make flossing a part of your daily habits as well.

If you are concerned about your frequent breakouts and your dental hygiene, it’s time to schedule a checkup and a cleaning with your trusted dentist!

Schedule a Consultation with Us Today!

At Star Dental Group Riverside, we will treat you like a star, helping you find the culprit of your irritating acne problems. Sometimes it just takes a good thorough cleaning to get rid of it once and for all! To schedule an appointment, or to speak about any additional concerns, please contact us online or give our friendly dentists a call at (951) 680-1777!