How Your Oral Health Affects Your Body
We have preached the importance of frequent brushing and flossing time and time again, but did you know that poor oral hygiene can affect more than just your mouth? Research has shown that there is a link between gum disease and other serious health conditions. In today’s blog post we will cover what health problems may arise from periodontal disease and how regular exams can lower your risk of said ailments.
1: Respiratory Infection
According to the National Library of Medicine “. Accumulating evidence suggests that oral disorders, particularly periodontal disease, may influence the course of respiratory infections like bacterial pneumonia. The teeth may also serve as a reservoir for respiratory pathogen colonization and subsequent nosocomial pneumonia. “
Those with diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to contract periodontal disease, and increases the severity and extent to which it affects the mouth. This in turn can alter blood sugar levels as your body attempts to fight off the infection, making the diabetes harder to manage.
Though periodontitis can not cause osteoporosis, they are similar diseases that both lead to bone loss. They have similar risk factors and the presence of one may hint at an underlying factor that could cause the other.
Two studies suggest that treating gum disease may help prevent the development of artery blockage and reduce stroke risk. Periodontal diseases such as gingivitis have been associated with plaque buildup in blood vessels in the brain, which can lead to a stroke.
5: Heart Disease
Those with periodontal disease are two to three times as likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event. There may not be a direct connection, but there is evidence gum disease may be an independent risk factor for heart disease.
By scheduling regular check ups you can decrease the likelihood of developing gum disease, and in turn decrease your risk of a myriad of conditions. At Stubbs Dental we’re always using the most up to date technology and practices so we can spot any problems early, and address them quickly and efficiently! If you have any questions about your oral health please contact us today!