How Much Oral Health Affects Your General Health?

Your mouth is the primary entrance into your entire body and well, your tongue is the red carpet! So, of course you want it to look nice in photo’s, but your smile should be more than just aesthetically pleasing. It’s important you are taking CARE of your mouth and keeping it healthy so YOU can be healthy! Many people aren’t aware that their dental health can affect their overall health. That’s right, poor oral hygiene can affect almost every part of your body! Here, are just a few examples of the link between oral and over-all systemic health.

Heart Health:
Oral bacteria can cause inflammation and infections that research has suggested could be linked to clogged arteries, stroke and heart disease. Endocarditis is another troublesome heart condition that has been linked to oral bacteria. This is an infection of the inner lining of your valves/heart chambers. It can occur when bacteria from your mouth or other part of your body spread into your bloodstream and then attach to certain areas of your heart.

Periodontist has been linked to low birth weight and even pre maturity! It’s more important than ever to get your dental cleanings and exams while pregnant. You are more likely to carry your baby to term if you have periodontal treatment before the 35th week of your pregnancy.

Periodontal disease may increase inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is a common underlying problem with many diseases including autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis.

Did you know that having gum disease can cause your risk of dementia to increase? There have also been studies for those that have severe gum disease scored very poorly on memory tests and calculations. Researchers have found memory issues and mild cognitive impairments that can affect your day to day life have been found in those with periodontal disease.

Bacteria can be aspirated into the lungs and cause pneumonia. When you skip out on dental cleanings, the number of bacteria in your mouth continues to grow, increasing your risk of pneumonia. Good oral hygiene decreases these bacteria thus decreasing your risk of pneumonia! So, brush your teeth to help prevent this respiratory illness.

Of course, there are many more factors and health conditions that go hand in hand with dental care. It is important to understand your mouth is an integral part of your body. Your mouth can say a lot about your health without using any words! Be sure to visit your dentist today to get a checkup and cleaning to ensure you are in tip top shape.