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Our body is only strong as its weakest link. Everything interconnected, and for that reason, it is important to keep every part as healthy as possible. Your Dental or Oral health is more important than you could possibly imagine. Make sure that you never skip on an appointment with your dentist and make sure to keep your mouth, gums, and teeth very healthy or will otherwise have a negative effect on your general health.
For example, did you know that recent studies have linked dental health issues to your General Health and that problems on your mouth will have repercussions throughout your body? You need to protect yourself and learn more about the connection between Oral and General Health, thankfully for you, we have you covered, keep on reading to know everything about it.
The link between your Dental or Oral Health and your General Health
Like many other parts of your body, your mouth is also riddled with bacteria. although most of it is harmless. The body will keep those bacteria at bay thanks to a combination of the immune system and good old fashioned dental hygiene. (Brushing, flossing, teeth cleaning) But, when there is an absence of proper oral hygiene, these bacterias can reach dangerous levels leading to multiple oral diseases like tooth decay or gum disease (Gingivitis or Periodontitis).
In addition to improper oral hygiene, there are certain medications that reduce the flow of saliva on the mouth complicating matters even worse, these are, antidepressants, diuretics, antihistamines, painkillers, and decongestants. Why is that negative? Well, one of the many jobs of the saliva is to wash away leftover food in our mouth as well as neutralizing any remaining acids produced by bacterias, thus, helping you by protecting your mouth from a microbial invasion overgrowth that could lead to a potentially harming disease.
More to the point, Studies conducted by respected institutions around the World have linked oral bacteria and inflammations caused by Periodontitis and other Gum-related illnesses to play an important role in other major diseases. Moreover, as a consequence of Diabetes and AIDS/HIV lowering the Body’s ability to fight off infections, Oral diseases can spread more rapidly making the whole situation more severe than its supposed t as its more difficult for the Dentist to help us heal.
Conditions Linked to Oral Health
Poor Oral Health has been linked to the following conditions:
- Endocarditis: Is an infection in the Endocardium, which is the inner lining of your Heart. It is a direct consequence of bacterias and germs (especially those formed in the mouth) moving freely through your bloodstream and attaching themselves to certain areas of the heart.
- Cardiovascular Disease: Several studies have concluded that Inflammations and Infections caused by Oral Bacterias are responsible for certain Heart diseases, clogged arteries, and strokes.
- Pregnancy and Birth: Periodontitis have been proven to be responsible for premature birth and lower than normal birth weight.
Certain Diseases have been linked to contributing to poor Oral Health, such as:
- Diabetes: Because Diabetes reduces the Body’s ability to fight off infections the gums are at risk. People suffering from Diabetes are more prone to develop Gum Disease. Diabetes can be more easily control thanks to regular periodontal care. Also, people suffering from any form of Gum Disease have a harder time trying to regulate the sugar levels in the blood.
- AIDS/HIV: A common oral problem for people suffering from this terrible disease is Mucosal Lesions, which is also incredibly painful.
- Osteoporosis: It causes bones to become weaker and brittle over time, and recent studies have shown that also affects tooth loss. To make matters worse the medicines used to treat osteoporosis may have a small negative effect on the Jaw’s bones.
- Alzheimer’s Disease: As this disease progresses on the patients, the oral health worsens as well.
Some other Illnesses and Conditions affecting oral health can be:
- Eating Disorders
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Neck and Head Cancers
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
If you suffer from any of these conditions and you are taking any medication, you must let your dentist know.
If you want to protect your Oral health then you consider the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day at the very least
- Floss regularly
- Eat healthy
- Avoid Tobacco
- Visit the Dentist on a regular basis