Your Teeth, Your Gums, and Your Health

healthy teeth for a healthy heart

Problems with your teeth and gums can affect your overall health. Your mouth is a veritable cess-pool of bacteria – most of them harmless – which the body’s natural defences and good oral health care (like brushing and flossing) can keep under control. Without proper care however, the bacteria can reach level that might lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Poor oral health has been linked to a number of conditions including

  • Endocarditis. – an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). It usually occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
  • Cardiovascular disease. There is some research to suggest that heart disease, stroke, anda clogged arteries may be linked to inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria.
  • Low Birth Weight. Poor oral health has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. Gum disease is more frequent and more severe in diabetics. People with gum disease find it more difficult to control their blood sugar levels.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Other conditions. Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include Sjogren’s syndrome — an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth — and eating disorders.

So take the time to brush regularly and well, and floss every day for a mouth full of nice healthy choppers, and the rest of your body will thank you!!!

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