Many people take time at the beginning of a new season to focus on their health. For some, this includes weight loss, getting physically fit, or breaking bad habits. To meet these goals, they typically focus on eating right or getting more exercise. Not many people know, however, that overall health starts with good dental hygiene.
Putting dental health at the top of your list might not be the first thing you do when it comes to setting annual goals, but there are plenty of health issues that can be affected by poor dental hygiene. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause inflammation and infection in different areas of the body. Some of the most common problems that can occur include:
• Cardiovascular disease. The bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque buildup on the teeth can spread to the heart and cause plaque to build up in the arteries, which can lead to blockages and heat attacks.
• Dementia. Gums that are inflamed and infected with gingivitis can release substances that can enter the bloodstream, which can kill brain cells, contribute to memory loss, and lead to dementia.
• Respiratory infections. Bacteria in the mouth can travel to the lungs through the bloodstream where infection can take root. Pneumonia, bronchitis, and COPD are a few of the conditions that can occur.
• Complications of diabetes. People with diabetes are already susceptible to infections, including periodontal disease. In turn, periodontal disease can raise blood sugar levels making it more difficult to regulate.
Though poor dental health might not be a direct cause of these issues, they can be contributing factors that put your body at a higher risk.
Good health starts on the inside. To keep your mouth healthy, see a dentist regularly and take care of any issues that might arise. We’re just as invested in your good dental health as you are. From a simple filling to an extraction, our dental services will keep you smiling on the inside and out for a healthier you.