Your Teeth Are Talking
It seems that some people think that dental care is about vanity. It’s not, a great smile can also help you stay healthy, live longer, and even help the next generation. The team at Your Caring Dentist stays up to date with the latest studies on how the health of your mouth can affect overall wellbeing.
And it turns out, while we may not want to hear it, our oral health can affect our bodies in so many critical ways. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums means that you treat any cavities before they result in broken or lost teeth. It also means that your gums are pink and you don’t have problems with bad breath.
But healthy gums and teeth, and no bad breath can mean so much more than just a sparkling smile.
Poor dental health has been shown to negatively impact your cardiovascular health, so it’s essential to stay on top of it. Gum disease can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and even diabetes. There’s even new research that indicates that poor oral hygiene can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s.
So, it’s important to listen to your teeth to find out what they need to keep them fit for a lifetime.
One alarming result of recent studies shows that an individual with fewer than 10 remaining original teeth of their own is seven times more like to die of a cardiac event than someone with more than 25 of their own teeth.
And medical researchers now suspect that those with diabetes don’t merely have trouble controlling dental infections. It seems that periodontal disease also makes it harder for them to control their blood sugar. Your dental health really does impact your overall health.
A 2006 study found that diabetics with gum disease had a much harder time managing their A1c and suffered from higher numbers of cardiovascular complications.
From the mouth to the intestines
New research also indicates that oral bacteria can translocate to your gut and change your immune system’s defenses. Periodontitis can affect your gut microbiota and cripple your body’s ability to defend itself against disease. Seeing a dentist regularly can help keep you free of gum disease.
Some of the increased chance of diseases due to poor oral health includes aspiration pneumonia from inhaling bacteria. You may also be more likely to suffer from stomach ulcers, too, because of the H. pylori bacterium. Without a strong immune system and hardy gut flora, you’re more susceptible to illness if your immune system is compromised by the spread of oral bacteria.
And onward through the body
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease can migrate throughout the body via the bloodstream. They have been found in hardened arteries and in the amniotic fluids surrounding unborn babies.
Many physicians have suspected that problems with your general health are often reflected in the state of your teeth and gums. But now, many are beginning to suspect that your oral health can affect your overall physical health as well.
Your teeth are talking – and they’re trying to tell you something. Are you listening?
Here are some other ways that your oral health can impact your overall health and life expectancy.