Posted on 2/20/2019 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
|Did you know that keeping your mouth healthy can also improve your long-term health and wellness? It is true that the oral health and body connection is strong. Taking time to care for your teeth and gums today could prevent certain medical problems in the future.
There are many ways that your oral health could contribute to your heart health. Some research suggests that conditions like heart disease, stroke, and clogged arteries could be connected to gum disease. Specifically, these conditions might be impacted by the infection and inflammation caused by oral bacteria.
Another concern is a condition known as endocarditis. This is an infection associated with the heart's inner lining, and it occurs when bacteria from the mouth and other parts of the body spread through the blood stream. Then, they attach to damaged portions of the heart.
If you have diabetes, your body is at a heightened risk for infection. This puts your gums at risk, and you may notice them bleeding easily. Gum disease is more common and severe among individuals with diabetes, and diabetics with this disease have a harder time controlling their glucose levels.
Calcium is needed for healthy bones and teeth. Unfortunately, many people don't get the necessary calcium and vitamin D that they need in their diets. This can lead to osteoporosis, which causes weakening of the bones.
Osteoporosis is also connected to periodontal bone loss, and when the jawbone starts to shrink, your teeth could loosen and fall out. Additionally, some drugs used to treat osteoporosis can lead to jawbone damage.
The good news is that there are ways to protect your oral health, including eating a healthy diet, brushing and flossing regularly, and scheduling regular dental cleanings and checkups. Call us today to set up your next appointment.
Beautifully written and very informative
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