Did you know that dental problems can affect the health of the rest of your body? Many times the two are separated. As both are connected, it makes sense that they affect each other.
How Your Mouth and Body Are Connected?
As gross as it is, both your mouth and the rest of your body teems with germs and bacteria. Some bacteria is good and is needed for overall health. Taking proper care of your body and mouth keeps the bacteria at bay. Bad bacteria can multiply, causing health issues if poor hygiene is practiced. When oral hygiene declines, the risk of gum and tooth disease increases. Inflammation caused by infections in the mouth can be associated with other health issues in the rest of the body. It has been shown that the increase in germs in your mouth plays a significant role in the development of major health issues in the body. Some of these include:
- Endocarditis is a heart infection of the heart’s inner lining. This heart infection is caused by germs that come from your mouth enter your blood stream and attach itself to the heart’s damaged areas.
- Cardiovascular disease. Oral bacteria can contribute to stroke, heart disease and clogged arteries.
- Premature birth. Severe gum disease has been linked to premature birth.
- People with diabetes have a compromised immune system making it harder to fight infections. Diabetics tend to have a higher risk of and occurrence of gum disease.
- HIV/AIDS. Those with HIV/AIDS also have weak immune systems which can make infections, such as gum disease more complicated and severe. Those with HIV/AIDS have a higher occurrence of painful mucosal lesions.
- Bones in your mouth, namely the jaws and teeth are weakened and become brittle in those who have osteoporosis.
- Alzheimer’s disease. The progression of Alzheimer’s disease correlates with worsening oral health.
- Sjorgren’s syndrome. This immune disorder causes dry mouth which can lead to additional oral health issues.
- Other health issues. Head and neck cancers, eating disorders and rheumatoid arthritis are likely linked to oral health issues and poor oral hygiene.
Besides the increase in germs in the mouth and a weakened immune, the mouth and body can negatively affect each other when there is a decrease in saliva. Saliva protects your mouth from an abundance of harmful bacteria by neutralizing acids and cleaning your mouth and teeth. The of certain medications including: antidepressants, painkillers and decongestants can reduce saliva production, putting your mouth and body at a greater risk of infection and disease.
Since there is a strong correlation between your mouth’s health and your overall well-being, it is important you practice good dental hygiene. Taking care of your mouth includes daily flossing and brushing, regular office visits, a healthy diet and lifestyle. Below are some suggestions for boosting your oral health:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Eat a healthy diet with limited sugar
- Replace your toothbrush every three months
- Have regular dental checkups and cleanings with us
- Avoid tobacco
At Danna Smile, your oral health is important. We offer a wide range of restorative, preventative and cosmetic dentistry services. If you’re concerned about your well-being, contact us today to schedule an appointment.