If your dental health habits are a bit slack, it’s not just your mouth that could be affected. According to the Mayo Clinic, gum disease and tooth decay could cause other health problems.
Your dentist explains that your mouth truly is the gateway to the rest of your body, and if you do not brush twice and floss once each day, you could be asking for trouble.
Good oral health and oral hygiene not only improves your general overall health, but can also reduce your risk of serious disease. Recent studies also indicate that good oral health can also help to preserve your memory well into your golden years. The phrase healthy mouth, healthy body really is accurate and is backed up by additional scientific evidence.
Tooth decay and gum disease can affect your self-image, your self-confidence, and your self-esteem, if you have bad breath and unsightly teeth, smiling is the last thing you want to do. A healthy mouth is free from cavities and gum disease improving your quality of life. Not only will you sleep better and be able to enjoy the foods you like, but you will also not have to deal with mouth infections or toothaches.
Chronic inflammation caused from gingivitis or periodontal disease has been linked with cardiovascular issues such as blocked blood vessels, heart disease, and stroke. Practicing good oral hygiene, including a healthy diet and regular dental checkups could lower your risk of heart disease.
Adults who have bleeding and swollen gums did worse on memory and cognitive skills tests than those who had healthy teeth and gums. The people with gingivitis performed poorly with subtraction and delayed verbal recall as well. Your dentist recommends that you use an antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash to reduce bacterial growth that could lead to gum disease.
Infections in other parts of the body have also been linked to poor oral health. In fact, some experts believe that there is an association between autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and gum disease.
If you have diabetes, you will want to make sure that you see your doctor and dentist regularly. People with uncontrolled diabetes often suffer from gum disease. Even if your diabetes is controlled, you may be less able to ward off any type of infection, including gingivitis or periodontal disease.
For more information regarding the mouth and body connection, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist today.