Dental health affects your overall health
Dental health is not just about your smile, it also has an impact on your overall health. Did you know that a healthy mouth can help prevent heart disease and diabetes? While it is well-known that poor oral health can have a negative impact on our smiles, many people do not know the connection between dental hygiene and general wellness.
Gum disease is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry found that those with gum disease were twice as likely to have a heart attack, three times more likely to suffer from strokes, than those who did not show any signs of it.
The bacteria from inflammation of the gum disease can enter your bloodstream and travel to the arteries in the heart leading to:
When plaque develops on and thickens your arteries' inner walls, your blood flow is decreased through the body, leading to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
The inner lining of the heart (endocardium) can also become infected and inflamed.
Gingivitis bacteria can enter your brain through nerve channels or the bloodstream, possibly leading to Alzheimer's disease.
Inhaling bacteria from infected teeth and gums over a long period could lead to infections in the lungs, as well as pneumonia.
Periodontal disease can make your blood sugar difficult to control and make your diabetes worse. People with diabetes are also prone to periodontal disease. It's a vicious cycle.
The more tooth loss due to gum disease, the higher the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Oral hygiene is your first line of defense against tooth decay. Brushing and flossing are not the only important parts, but it's a great start to protecting yourself from these diseases. Our doctors at Value Dental Care want to earn your trust, so if you are in Spring Hill or Crystal River, contact us through our website to plan your visit adequately. You can find our patient forms here as well to be ready for when you arrive.