Did you know that an unhealthy mouth can have a negative effect on the rest of your body? You’ll want to brush and floss daily after hearing the many problems poor dental health can create.
One of the most serious oral health problems is the gum infection of gum (periodontal) disease, and it can cause a lot of harm to your body’s health. The bacteria from this condition can enter the blood stream and nerve channels in your head, increasing your risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Those with gum disease are at a higher risk for cardiovascular problems because oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream. It they reach the heart, then they can cause endocarditis (infection in the heart) or atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries and buildup of plaque), increasing one’s risk for heart attack and stroke.
Tooth and gum health can alter body health in many ways, including the following:
- Since periodontal disease produces a lot of oral bacteria, you are more likely to breathe it in. This can cause a respiratory infection to develop in your lungs.
- When you lose teeth, your jaw bone shrinks. This shrinkage increases your risk for osteoporosis problems.
- Diabetics who develop gum disease often struggle to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. In turn, diabetics are more likely to develop gum disease because of their weakened immune system.
- Gum disease can increase the biological fluids that induce labor, making pregnant women more susceptible to premature birth and low baby birth weight.
If you want to learn more about the effects your oral health can have on your body’s health (and how to prevent these problems), then call Dr. Lyudmila Shur today.