How Proper Oral Care Improves Our Physical Health
Taking proper care of your smile shouldn’t be a very complicated concept.
Proper oral health means that your smile will look and feel nicer, you won’t have as many cavities and you won’t require as many fillings, and you’ll also significantly reduce your risk of gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis.
These are all simple things to understand about your smile. However, what a lot of people don’t think about are the ways in which their oral health can affect their overall health and well-being.
When a person doesn’t take proper care of their teeth, their mouth can become overrun by bacteria that produce harmful acids and wear away at your tooth enamel. And, since the mouth is the main entryway into our bodies, these harmful bacteria can easily infiltrate our defenses and spread to other parts of our bodies.
Below, Novi Dental Office looks at four ways in which poor oral health can affect our well-being.
- Cardiovascular Disease
When a person’s mouth is overrun by harmful bacteria, the bacteria can easily lead to infections and spread into the bloodstream, which increases their risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
This bacteria can lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries leading to reduced blood flow. Furthermore, plaque buildup causes your arteries to become harder, which all leads to an increased risk of developing blockages near your heart.
Many people don’t know that oral problems such as gum disease can increase a person’s blood sugar levels. This alone puts people at a greater risk of developing diabetes.
However, for those who already have the condition, this increase in blood sugar levels can make it much harder to monitor and control their condition.
Also, diabetes increases a person’s risk of developing gum disease, therefore, those who suffer from diabetes can easily develop oral issues if they don’t take proper care of their teeth.
- Respiratory Problems
When harmful bacteria get into your bloodstream, they can easily spread to your lungs as well. This can cause all sorts of respiratory infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. This means that people who don’t take proper care of their oral health often come down with colds and other illnesses.
- Kidney Disease
By now, it should be easy to see how poor oral health can weakened your body’s immune system, which makes you more susceptible to all sorts of health problems. A lack of proper oral hygiene has even been linked to people developing kidney infections, which can cause diseases of the kidneys.
Of course, there are many other complications that can be caused by poor oral health, which is why taking care of your mouth is crucial to being as healthy as possible. If you’d like to learn more about the ways that poor oral health can impact your life, call your dentist and make an appointment to visit them as soon as you can.