Because your body is made up of interconnected organs, tissues, cells, and systems, the entirety must work together in order to function properly. It’s no surprise to learn that your oral health can impact your overall health, and vice versa.
1. Bacteria and Your Mouth
Your mouth is naturally full of bacteria, most of which are harmless. However, if your oral health or body’s defenses are slack, bacteria may grow out of control. An overgrowth of bacteria can cause oral infections, including tooth decay and periodontal disease. If periodontal disease is severely advanced, bacteria from the mouth may enter your bloodstream and affect other systems in your body.
2. Heart Disease
One of the most established connections between oral health problems and general health problems is the link with heart disease. Heart disease is the number-one killer of both men and women, and research shows that chronic gum disease contributes to heart disease.
Research indicates that gum disease and diabetes my have a synergistic relationship. Diabetes reduces your body’s ability to fight off infection, making gum disease more likely. In addition, inflammation in the body, including inflamed gum tissue, inhibits your body’s ability to process sugar.
4. Pregnancy Complications
Low birth weight and premature birth have also been linked to gum disease. Although the relationship between periodontal disease and these pregnancy complications isn’t fully understood, several studies have noted the link. Some researchers believe that gum disease may cause the release of prostaglandin, or fatty acids, which can trigger preterm labor.
5. Other Potential Risks
Several other health problems seemingly related to gum disease include: osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, pneumonia, and pancreatic cancer.
Good oral hygiene at home and routine dental checkups and cleanings are the best ways to keep oral bacteria in a healthy balance. For premium dental care and cosmetic dentistry, rely on the compassionate and experienced care of Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS. Call (212) 661-0949 today to speak with the friendly and helpful staff in our office to schedule an appointment.