Were you aware that your oral health can offer up clues to what else is going on in your body? Understanding the connection between your oral and overall health can help you to protect both your teeth and the rest of your body. Your mouth has quite a bit of bacteria, most of which are completely harmless to your health. If you brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly, chances are you will never have to worry about your oral health impacting your overall health. If you give up on proper hygiene, the results could be catastrophic.
Studies have shown that bacteria and inflammation caused by poor oral hygiene can lead to other severe illnesses that can impact your health in a negative way. There are quite a few conditions that can be caused by oral health.
Condition #1: Endocarditis
Endocarditis is an infection inside of the inner lining inside the heart. This typically takes place when germs and other bacteria travel to the heart via other parts of the body. The bacteria are spread through the bloodstream and attaches itself to the heart.
Condition #2: Diabetes
Diabetes reduces the body’s ability to fight off infection which puts the teeth and gums at risk for infection caused by bacteria. Gum disease is extremely common in individuals who suffer from diabetes. Many studies have shown that individuals who have gum disease have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar levels.
Condition #3: Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis causes the bones to become brittle and weak. Numerous studies have shown that bone loss is linked to tooth loss and bone loss. Tooth loss is also linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other immune disorders.
Protecting Your Oral Health
As you can see, oral health has the ability to severely impact your overall health. There are a number of ways in which you can lower your chances of ever being diagnosed with any of these diseases.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least 2 minutes at a time.
- Floss your teeth daily. If you are not sure of the proper way to floss, perform some research before you floss.
- Stick to a healthy diet and try to limit the amount
- of snacks that you eat in between meals.
- Make sure that you change your toothbrush every three to four months before the bristles become frayed and unusable.
- Visit your dentist 1-2 times every year for a regular checkup. Only a dentist will be able to determine if you are brushing and flossing properly.
Many people are not aware of how important it is to take care of your teeth and gums. If you take care of your oral health, then you can prevent other diseases and illnesses from taking place. Talk to your dentist to learn about other ways that you can take care of your teeth and prevent bacteria from traveling to other parts of your body. These are very easy steps to take especially when it comes to your health.
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