Poor dental health can affect your overall health
Until recently, most people have assumed that oral health and overall health are separate. But your mouth, teeth, and gums are inextricable parts of your body, and poor oral health can cause severe long-term medical health conditions. Since the mouth is the primary entryway into the body, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the mouth, leading to numerous health conditions, such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, dementia, pregnancy complications, and more.
To lead a healthy life, you must maintain optimal oral hygiene. You must brush and floss your teeth regularly, visit the dentist for regular teeth cleaning and dental checkups, and use biocompatible dental implants in your body. Until recently, the dental community has relied on titanium implants for patients with missing teeth. But recent evidence shows that ceramic implants are better alternatives because they’re safer and minimize the risk of bacterial infections and peri-implantitis.
Below, we highlight how poor oral health can contribute to various general health conditions.
1. Cardiovascular Problems
Poor oral hygiene and health lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, such as heart disease. If you have gingivitis, periodontitis, or peri-implantitis, the bacteria responsible for these gum infections can enter your bloodstream, leading to the formation of plaque within arteries, which in turn can lead to numerous cardiovascular problems.Peri-implantitis occurs because of stubborn plaque buildup on dentures and titanium implants. That’s why it’s crucial to observe optimal oral hygiene and clean your prosthetics thoroughly, as instructed by your dental hygienist or oral surgeon. You must also go for regular dental checkups, so the dentist can identify the signs of inflammation at an early stage, increasing the chance of a cure.
2. Respiratory Problems
Poor oral health can drastically affect your respiratory health. The harmful bacteria in your mouth and teeth can be breathed into the lungs, or they can travel to the lungs via your respiratory system and bloodstream. The bacteria can damage and attach to your respiratory organs and lungs, leading to acute bronchitis, pneumonia, or respiratory infections.
3. Pregnancy Problems
Pregnant women have a higher risk of oral health infections and periodontitis because of hormonal changes in the body. Without proper oral hygiene, the harmful bacteria in the mouth and oral cavities can increase the risk of pregnancy complications. Periodontitis, for example, leads to an increased risk of low birth weight in infants and even premature birth, endangering the mother and the unborn baby.
4. Sexual Health Problems
Poor oral hygiene leads to an increased risk of sexual health problems, especially for men. Periodontitis leads to the spread of harmful bacteria into the bloodstream, leading to the inflammation of blood vessels. Men need healthy blood flow into the genitals to experience and maintain erections, but harmful bacteria can block blood flow to the penis, leading to erectile dysfunction. .
5. Kidney Problems
Both periodontitis and kidney diseases have a causal effect with each other, primarily because of an imbalance within the body’s oxygen-producing free radicals and the antioxidant cells. In a recent study, patients with chronic kidney disease experienced a further 3% reduction in kidney function because of an increase in gum inflammation, and a 10% reduction in kidney function lead to a 25% increase in periodontal inflammation. This research clearly highlights the delicate link between renal health and oral health..
6. Memory Problems
7. Diabetes Problems
8. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tips to Maintain Optimal Oral Health
The following are some tips to maintain optimal oral health:
- Brush your teeth and gums for at least two minutes daily.
- Floss at least once or twice daily to remove small food particles stuck between your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth using an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Use a dentist-approved toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes or consume tobacco in any form.
- Minimize your consumption of sugary drinks and foods.
- Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet with lots of vegetables and fruits.
- Visit the dentist every six months for routine cleanings and dental checkups.
- Look for dentists committed to biological dentistry, i.e., using biocompatible products.
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