Mouth and Body Go Hand-in-Hand
Did you know that poor oral health care can be the cause of many different health issues within your body itself? There are many connections between taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums and the rest of your body.
People with gum disease have a 40% increased risk of developing a chronic health condition. Bacterial build up on your teeth and gums give you a greater probability of infection which may then spread throughout other areas of your body.
Common Health Issues That Affect Oral Health
- Diabetes: causes oral inflammation and affects the body’s ability to process sugar.
- Heart Disease: about 91% of those with heart disease are also found to have periodontitis. Inflammation in the mouth corresponds with the inflammation of blood vessels which then leads to less blood flow causing an increase in blood pressure. There is also a chance of plaque that is attached to the blood vessel itself, breaking off and traveling to the heart and/or brain resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
- Issues during Pregnancy: pregnant women with gum disease run the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and susceptible to developmental issues such as learning disorders, lung and heart conditions.
- Osteoporosis: osteoporosis, like periodontitis, causes bone loss. It’s common for those with osteoporosis to also have some degree of gum disease.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: those with rheumatoid arthritis battling gum disease have found gum disease treatment may also reduce overall body pain in regards to their arthritic symptoms.
- Smoking: bad for your health, both overall and oral. Nicotine interferes with your gums’ ability to fight infection. This also extends the recovery period for those gum infection treatments.
- Obesity: those with 20% or higher body fat percentage have been linked to rapid progression of gum disease.
Taking excellent care of your oral health has a positive domino effect for the rest of your body. Same can be said with your body – taking care of your health and body can positively affect your mouth, teeth and gums.
If you care about your health and yourself, you in-turn need to care about your mouth. Be true to your teeth, or they will be false to you!