Your health is essential: no matter if it is mental, physical, or oral health. If a part of your body gets sick, then the rest of the body suffers as well. When your dentist talks to you about your oral health, listen carefully. This patient education can benefit you in the long run.
As soon as you start understanding the relationship between your oral health and the rest of your body, then you might find ways to prevent or control yourself from getting diseased. But still, there are many signs of active disease that cannot be detected without a professional examination. Never ignore the role that oral health plays, as it can affect your well-being. Now let us have a look at the connection that our mouth and body have:
Gum disease and diabetes: People having diabetes have very high chances of getting a periodontal disease, which causes an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. Research studies claim that it is easy for diabetic people to contract bacterial infections as compared to non-diabetic ones.
Gum disease and heart disease/stroke: Periodontal disease occurs because of the overgrowing bacteria in the mouth, and when these bacteria find their way through the bloodstream, they start impacting the heart.
Gum disease and pregnancy issues: Gum disease can cause low birth weight or premature birth as the bacteria in the mouth enter the bloodstream, travel to the uterus, and trigger chemicals that cause premature birth.
Gum disease and osteoporosis: Periodontal disease affects the bones, mostly in older people, especially women. Periodontal disease causes bone loss not only to the bone supporting the teeth, but also loss of bone density throughout the body over time, which is called osteoporosis.
Periodontal disease and respiratory disease: People who have periodontal disease might inhale small droplets from the throat and mouth into the lungs, which could have bacteria that multiply in the lungs. This can lead to breathing difficulty in the person.
Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis can progress and get worse in response to the bacteria that cause gum disease.
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