HOW ORAL HEALTH AFFECTS OVERALL HEALTH

Your oral health can really affect the rest of your body.  Looking past your teeth and past your gums, your mouth is connected intimately with the rest of you.  Your dentist Bellevue will help examine how oral health affects overall health.

Lungs:  Uncontrolled oral health may worsen respiratory illness by promoting growth of harmful bacteria that can be transported to the lungs.  When bacteria reach the respiratory epithelium in the lungs, it can grow and multiply and cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis.

HeartPeriodontal disease, instance where bacteria has invaded the tooth’s bone support and caused various degrees of bone loss, has been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction (heart attack).  Those with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease as those with healthy gums.

Pancreas:  Research has shown diabetics have a higher risk of periodontal disease.  Conversely gum disease can alter blood sugar levels and increase the risk of diabetes, which can lead to heart and lung disease.  A new study has suggested presence of two oral bacteria strains with a correlation of increase of pancreatic cancer.

Kidneys: Bacteria can enter your body via multiple entry points, and your mouth is one portal bacteria can invade your body.  If there is inadequate oral care, bacteria can remain in your body longer, causing infections to progress and linger.  This in turn requires the kidneys to fight off and dispose of the bacteria.

Brain: Periodontal disease can heighten stroke risk.  Research has suggested that excessive oral bacteria can lead to increase risk of developing blood clots; these clots may eventually dislodge and travel towards the brain, increasing risk of stroke.  Other studies have also suggested that periodontal disease can increase risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s severity.

Pregnancy: Pregnant moms with periodontal disease compared to those without periodontal disease have a higher risk of premature birth, which can lead to babies with weight gain issues, developmental issues, cerebral palsy, etc.

Men: A study conducted on monkeys showed that low testosterone has been correlated with periodontal disease, thus may cause issues with men’s health.

So hopefully one can see that oral health and overall health are closely tied together.  By keeping up with regular dental checkups and dental cleanings on a a regular interval as recommended by your dentist Bellevue, one can in turn lower the risk of developing various systemic illness.