Although we all know that poor dental care contribute to cavities, but did you know that your oral health is a window to your overall health and poor dental care can lead to serious health problems than a simple toothache?
Not many years ago, patients suspected of heart disease would have never been referred to a gum specialist, or the same case for some diagnosed with diabetes or just about any other medical condition. However, times have changed. Researchers are discovering more possible links between oral hygiene and body health. Physicians take more holistic approach to their patients’ general health. The knowledgeable dentists in Grand Prairie suggest that people with serious gum disease are 40-45% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of it.
The problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. The bacteria that build up on teeth make gums prone to infection. The gums become inflamed when the immune system moves in to attack the infection and continues, unless proper medication is implemented to bring it under control. The inflammations and the released chemicals begin to eat away at the gums and bone structure over time, resulting in periodontitis. The rest of the body is also influenced due to inflammation.
Diabetes can be directly linked to periodontitis. The inflammation starting in the mouth weakens the body’s means to control blood sugar. The lack of insulin in a diabetic patient impairs the ability of processing sugar. Moreover high blood sugar provides ideal conditions for infections to grow rapidly. This gum disease-diabetes relationship however can be used in your favor: managing one can help bring the other under control.
According to a study, 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis. Although the reasons have not been fully developed, but these two conditions have many risk factors in common including unhealthy diet, over weight and smoking. This gives a vague idea that periodontitis could have a vital role in raising the risk for heart disease. The inflammation in the mouth leads to the inflammation in the blood vessels, increasing the risk for heart attack. The inflamed blood vessels disrupt the flow of blood between the heart and the rest of the body, often resulting in raised blood pressure.
Gum disease has also been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
Painful mucosal lesions and other oral problems have been very common in people who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Osteoporosis is the condition which causes bones to break and become weak. Some studies have proven that people women with osteoporosis have gum disease and periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
Since we now understand these potential links between oral hygiene and general health, next time when looking for affordable dentists, always keep a record of earlier medications.
In order to maintain your oral health and overall good health, see your dentist regularly. Practice good dental hygiene at home by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Also, make sure you replace your toothbrush every three – four month or sooner if bristles are frayed.