Your Health and Oral Health – How Are They Connected?

Your oral hygiene has a greater impact on your overall health than you can imagine. Oral health is about more than having a beautiful smile. Poor oral health, or any untreated oral disease, can have a crucial impact on the quality of life.

Some reports have shown that around 90 percent of the diseases in the body could be triggered by pending oral health issues.

How is oral hygiene related to health?

A person may ingest a significant amount of bacteria through their mouths. If the pernicious bacteria enters the bloodstream it can result in the periodontal disease and provoke several other diseases in the body.

Diabetes

Diabetes activates gum disease and thickens the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to tissues of the body (even the mouth) and eliminate toxic wastes that they produce. When the blood vessels are affected, the provision of nutrients and the removal of waste both slow down. This results in the gum and bone tissues becoming more prone to infections.

Diabetes is also known to increase the blood sugar levels that, if not properly managed, can lead to bacterial growth in the mouth.

Heart disease

Periodontal disease is connected with the increased risk heart attack or stroke.

Some researchers have suggested that the periodontal disease increases the levels of inflammation in the body which in turn activates heart disease. Other researchers state that the bacteria may enter the bloodstream and form plaque in the arteries. This can happen when the person eats, brushes, or flosses their teeth. When the bloodstream is infected with plaque, it can lead to poor blood flow to the heart which can trigger a heart attack. Another potential danger is that if the arterial plaque escapes the arteries, it can travel to different parts of the body. If it gets to the brain and blocks it, the person can suffer a stroke.

Pregnancy

Some studies have even shown a strong correlation between premature birth and periodontal disease in pregnant women. Though the studies are not proven, some scientists believe that when the immune system responds to the infections, it can prompt premature birth. Another study discovered that women who suffered from the periodontal disease might have a more difficult time conceiving a child than women who don’t have this disease.

Respiratory illness

When a person whose teeth have been infected with tooth plaque inhales, they take in a lot of bacteria from that plaque and into the lungs. This may cause pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses. The risk is higher in people who have a weaker immune system. If someone suffers from a chronic lung condition, then they might also be negatively affected by the bacteria.

If you want to prevent yourself from getting any of the aforementioned health issues, contact the expert doctors in the Rogoff Dental Group.