Surprising Connections Between Poor Oral Health and General Health

Our bodies are connected in many complicated and intricate ways. Oral health is no exception and poor oral health can have a negative effect on general health. The ways our general health can be affected may be surprising. Take a look at why it’s so important to make your oral health a priority.

Heart Disease

Have you ever suffered from gingivitis or gum disease? The symptoms you could have noticed would include inflammation of the gums and bleeding gums. Gum disease can enter into your bloodstream and cause a whole host of issues.

Two serious issues that commonly arise from gum disease in the bloodstream are Atherosclerosis and Endocarditis. In Atherosclerosis, plaque can develop and thicken on the walls of your arteries. This leads to decreased blood flow and increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Endocarditis occurs when the inner lining of the heart becomes inflamed or infected. You can avoid these unpleasant conditions by taking care of your oral health.

Dementia

Many people don’t know that there is a link between oral health and dementia. Poor oral health can lead to gingivitis which increases the amount of bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria can enter nerve channels which lead to the brain.

If the brain is subjected to this bacteria for long enough, it can increase the likelihood of Alzheimer’s Disease. Getting regular dental check ups is vital for maintaining good oral care. Dr Min Zhu at Rose Dental can help guide you in keeping your oral health as good as possible.

Respiratory Infections

You may not connect oral health with pneumonia but poor oral health can increase the chances of it. Inhaling bacteria from the mouth can lead to infections in the lungs that become progressively worse. If you maintain your oral health, it’s less likely that high amounts of bacteria will be present.

Diabetes 

If you have diabetes, poor oral health can make it worse. Periodontal disease (gum disease) can play havoc with your blood sugars, making it more difficult to control sugar levels. The irony in this situation is that people with diabetes are often more prone to getting gum disease. Therefore, it’s essential for anyone with diabetes to do all they can to maintain good oral health.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gum disease that isn’t treated can lead to tooth loss. When teeth are lost, it can increase the chances of rheumatoid arthritis. Your oral health is linked to the health of the bones and joints in your body so it’s not surprising that when your mouth is in bad condition, it can lead to symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Fortunately, you can decrease the chances of suffering from these conditions connected to poor oral care by taking good care of your teeth and mouth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss between meals, and use mouthwash to help remove bacteria. 

If you’d like to make an appointment to check your oral health, our friendly team are always happy to help. Contact us today on (603) 882 7201.