How Oral Health Can Affect Your Overall Healthiness
I seriously do not think that poor dental care can lead to more serious health problems, but the dentists have successfully approved otherwise. Here are some terrible things can happen to your body if you do not follow a good dental regime.
- Heart Diseases
Heart diseases, or cardiovascular disease in a more scientific way of saying, can result from inflammations of the gums. These bacteria follow your blood streams, travel to your heart and cause hardening there. In fact, about 91 percent of heart diseases patients have severe oral disease. The two conditions share some common risk factors, include smoking, unhealthy diet and obesity.
Atherosclerosis, on the other hand, can cause plaque on your arteries’ inner walls. This will thicken it, lead to a block for the blood flow. Basically, this means heart attacks and heart strokes.
There is also another condition known as endocarditis, which is when the inner lining of the heart become infected from the mouth’s bacterias.
- Infections in the lung
Gum disease could cause Respiratory infections, which include pneumonia. This happens because inflamed teeth make you breathe bacterias every day.
Diabetes and poor oral care share the most connections. When your gum tissues are inflamed, it will be more difficult to control the sugar level in the blood, hence worse diabetes symptoms. Even worse, diabetes patients are more susceptible to periodontal disease. This disease will, again, make it harder to take proper dental care for these patients.
- And the Brain too
Through nerve channels in the head, or through blood streams, the bacterias from gingivitis may go to your brain. This can lead to Alzheimer’s.
BUT HOW SO?
The human body is a nest of bacteria, so it is no surprise that your mouth is flocked with these little things. While most of them are harmless, and the natural defenses systems can keep the more vile ones under control, a bad oral care can make bacterias real an uncontrollable level. This will result in tooth decay & gum diseases.
A severe form of gum disease called periodontitis is associated with the development of diabetes and HIV/AIDS, according to studies.
Saliva is also another important factor that connects oral health and overall health. It washes food away, neutralizes acids in the mouth and helps protect people from microbial invasion. Some medications, such as decongestants, painkillers or antidepressants, and much more, can reduce the saliva flows.
IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE THIS, YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The facts about the connection between oral health and the body have just been established in the recent five years. The American Dental Association says that people with severe gum disease are 40 percent more prone to have an associated chronic condition. Now, a physician suspects heart disease would probably refer his patient to a gum specialist, too.
This information suddenly makes your dentist more important. If you still fear the sound of a dentist clinic, try to take good care of your teeth yourself first, by brushing twice a day, flossing once daily and ask someone to go with you to the dentist.