Your oral health is considered as a window to your overall health. It can offer you some clues about your overall health. Some problems in your mouth can cause a negative effect to the rest of your body. Thus, it’s important that you understand the connection between oral health and overall health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony Mobasser to learn more about how to protect your teeth, your body, to prevent systemic disease stemming from your mouth
Mouth and Its Bacteria
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Fortunately, most of them are harmless. When you brush and floss daily, you can keep those bacteria under control and prevent them from exponential growth. But, if you don’t practice excellent oral hygiene, the bacteria in your mouth can reach levels that can lead to oral infections. Oral infections and bacteria can cause domino effect to rest of the body such as kidneys, heart and many other organs in your body.
If you’re taking decongestants, painkillers, antihistamines and other medicines, you’re more likely to experience cavities and other oral diseases as these drugs can reduce saliva flow. Saliva is an important part of your oral health as it neutralizes acids in your mouth, thereby, protecting your mouth from a microbial invasion that could lead to disease.
There are also studies suggesting that inflammation and the bacteria in your mouth might have a significant role in some illnesses. Apart from that, certain conditions can lower your body’s way to defend itself against infection, which may exacerbate your oral health problems.
Conditions Linking to Oral Health
Your oral health may affect or contribute to various diseases. One of them is endocarditis. It is a type of infection affecting your heart. It usually occurs when harmful organisms from other parts of the body spread through the bloodstream, and they attach to the arterial walls of your heart, and cause blockage of the arteries, or cause high blood pressure.
Periodontitis is linked to low birth weight and premature birth. Thus, pregnant women are counseled to visit their dentist for preventative measures during the second trimester of pregnancy, especially if they have gum disease. Of course if you are planning to have a baby, it is great idea to have a full check up before pregnancy and take care of damaged teeth or gums prior to pregnancy.
If you’re diabetic, you’re putting your gums at risk of infection. Gum disease is often found in people with diabetes. Studies showed that people with gum disease have a harder time maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.
Osteoporosis, too, is linked to periodontal bone loss. It’s also associated with tooth loss. And losing your teeth before you reach the age of 35 might be a risk factor for having Alzheimer’s disease.
To prevent your oral health from causing adverse effects to your body, it’s vital that you practice good oral hygiene, and visit a knowledgeable dentist.