Diseases That Are Connected to Oral Health
Whatever happens in your mouth doesn’t always stay in your mouth. Any problem that affects your teeth or mouth also affects the rest of the body. Just as problems that affect other parts of your body can also affect your overall health.
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The connection between Oral and General Health
Your mouth is a major gateway to your body. So it’s no surprise that many health problems can be traced back to this “entry point”. This means that a healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body. What affects your healthy mouth most is bacteria. Any dentist will tell you that your mouth is teeming with bacteria. Their numbers are especially high when there are sugary or starchy remnants present for bacteria to use as a food source.
These microorganisms can accumulate on your teeth if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene. Proper hygiene reduces the risk of tooth and other mouth infections that are the result of bacterial growth. Once an infection develops, your immune system will produce an inflammatory response to combat the presence of an abundance of bacteria.
Inflammation continues for as long as a large number of bacteria are present. This can lead to severe gum disease (periodontitis) over time. It can also play a role in contributing to the development of a number of other diseases within the body. These disorders, in turn, make it difficult for you to enjoy good health.
Poor oral hygiene could lead to the development of endocarditis. As many as 9 in every 10 persons with heart disease also has periodontitis. This is an infection of the heart’s inner lining. Endocarditis can occur when pathogens from your mouth enter into the bloodstream. These pathogens cause damage to parts of your heart.
Researchers have found that bacteria in the mouth might be connected to more than just endocarditis. Other cardiovascular conditions include atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke. There exists a theory that associates this higher risk of heart issues on the effect of inflammation. Inflamed blood vessels reduce blood flow and increase pressure.
Poor oral hygiene inhibits the ability of the body to regulate blood sugar. It is this poor regulation that gives rise to a strong relationship between diabetes and periodontitis. If the body cannot regulate blood sugar inflammation may occur. The inflammation makes it harder for your body to properly use insulin, resulting in high blood sugar. High blood sugar also puts you at greater risk of infections and worsening gum disease.
Although not very clear, research suggests have observed a link between periodontal disease and osteoporosis. Both are characterized by bone loss. While one affects bones in arms and legs, the other impacts the jawbone.
Studies show that gum disease is more common among women with osteoporosis. Drugs for treating weak, brittle bones may also damage jawbones.
Poor oral hygiene can be hazardous to pregnant women and their babies. Some hormonal changes that women typically experience can aggravate existing dental problems and contribute to tooth loss.
Inflammation and infections resulting from poor oral care may interfere with the development of the baby in the womb Babies affected by such issues often suffer serious adverse effects. They may, for instance, develop learning disorders or heart conditions.
Other Medical Conditions Related To Poor Oral Hygiene
There are a number of other health issues with which poor oral hygiene seems to have a connection. They include:
⦁ Alzheimer’s disease
⦁ Rheumatoid arthritis
⦁ Sjogren’s syndrome
⦁ Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
⦁ Excessive body fat
⦁ Head and neck cancers
What is clear from the foregoing is that oral health issues are not limited to your mouth or teeth. They can impact your entire body.
Therefore, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. Also, ensure that you visit our dental office to see Dr. Stout, the best dentist in Charlotte, NC, at least once per year for dental services that include a thorough annual examination.
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If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this article it may be time to see Dr. Stout. Schedule an appointment with Stout Dentistry. Give us a call today at 704.332.7737.