Did you know that what takes place in your mouth can cause serious underlying illnesses?
Our mouths are the door to our bodies and this means it’s important to take good care of our teeth and gums. While cavities are the most common effect of poor oral health, more serious health problems can also result.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The disease can be painless initially, so it is important to look out for swollen, red, tender, bleeding or even receding gums.
Every day, a thin layer of bacteria builds up on the teeth, forming a layer of dental plaque. The plaque eats away at your dental enamel, eventually causing cavities. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily can help protect them from decay, but plaque is hard to completely remove and once a cavity has formed, a dentist has to restore your tooth to health.
Basically, this means heart disease. People with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease and narrowing of the arteries as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream. The bacteria contain a protein that clogs arteries, which increases the risk of a heart attack.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
Dementia and the development of Alzheimer’s disease have been linked to oral disease. If bacteria successfully make its way into your nerve channels or bloodstream, it can then penetrate brain tissue and spread diseased cells.
By inhaling bacteria from infected teeth and gums over a long period of time, you put your lungs under increased exposure. If the bacteria make it into your lungs, you can end up with pneumonia and other respiratory infections.
Research shows that people with inflamed gums have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels. Chronic inflammation can also make diabetes symptoms worse. Conversely, diabetes sufferers are also more susceptible to periodontal disease as it reduces the resistance to infection — putting gums at risk.
Research has found that gum disease is linked to an increase in the time it takes for a woman to fall pregnant. According to the study, women with gum disease take an additional couple of months of trying before they successfully conceive compared to women without gum disease.
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As you can see, brushing and flossing not only keep your pearly whites healthy but it can also prevent serious illnesses and other complications. Practicing thorough dental care is important in many ways you might not have thought of before. By brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist, you and your family have the best chance of maintaining both your oral and your general health.