You might think that strong oral health is only good for your teeth, mouth and gums but having a happy healthy mouth can actually affect the rest of your body, and could save your life!
The mouth, like most parts of the body, is teeming with bacteria. Now normally the body’s natural defenses and a quality home care regimen can keep these bacteria under control. However, if you neglect to brush twice a day and floss regularly, bacteria can reach levels that lead to oral infections, like tooth decay and gum disease.
Periodontal disease can weaken the immune system and some studies suggest your oral health might affect, be affected by or contribute to these diseases and conditions.
- Cardiovascular Disease: While the jury is still out. It has been suggested that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be linked to the infections and inflammation found in advanced periodontal disease.
- Endocarditis: An infection that attacks the inner lining of the heart, Endocarditis, typically occurs when bacteria and germs are found in different parts of the body. The mouth and gum line is basically an open door for bacteria.
- Pregnancy and Birth: The hormones your body undergoes when you become pregnant can cause or elevate gum disease. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
- Diabetes: Diabetes weakens the immune system in the body putting your gums at risk. Gum disease is both more frequent and severe among individuals who have diabetes.
Now all of that can see kind of scary but there are several simple ways to protect your oral health and avoid gum disease.
- Always brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily
- Eat a healthy, balanced diets
- Avoid sugary soda or any candy that stays in the mouth for an extended period of time
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year, maybe more.