Oral Health's Effect on Overall Health

Oral Health's Effect on Overall Health

Posted by Elan Dental on Nov 2 2021, 07:53 AM

Oral Health's Effect on Overall Health

Oral health is exceptionally vital for many reasons. If you suffer from tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, or foul breath, it can cause issues elsewhere in your body. Our mouths are a passage for bacteria to enter the body. These harmful bacteria can enter our bloodstream, leading to inflammation or infection in other parts of our body.

To avoid severe problems in your general health, it becomes imperative to take good care of your mouth and teeth. At Elan Dental, we encourage our patients to follow a good oral hygiene regime at home. We also support overall health and wellness. 

What Problems Can Poor Oral Health Cause?

Dental issues can adversely affect your overall health including:

  • Respiratory Infections

Infected or swollen gums can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, or even bronchitis.

  • Heart Disease

The harmful bacterial accumulation from infected gums can enter the bloodstream. It can cause the arteries to build up plaque and put you at risk for a heart attack and stroke.

  • Prostate Problems

Periodontal disease may cause prostate-related problems in men.

  • Diabetes

People suffering from diabetes are more likely to have infected gums that are more difficult to control due to unregulated blood sugar levels. 

  • Infertility

Poor dental health and infertility in women are interconnected. If a woman suffers from gum disease, it can lead to infertility issues, making it problematic to conceive naturally or have a healthy pregnancy.

  • Cancer

Poor dental health can put patients at risk of developing blood, breast, kidney, or pancreas cancers. Additionally, if patients smoke or use tobacco products, it can cause oral or throat cancers.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

People with gum disease can develop rheumatoid arthritis. The bacteria in our mouths can increase inflammation in the body and increase the risk of developing this condition.

  • Kidney Disease

Periodontal disease can affect your kidneys. Patients with gum disease usually have compromised immune systems, and this can make them vulnerable to infection. 

How Can You Prevent Oral Health Complications?

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice daily
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco products
  • Use mouthwash that contains fluoride
  • Refrain from food and drinks that have lots of sugar
  • Eat a well-balanced nutritional diet
  • Exercise regularly and take care of your overall health
  • Have regular dental exams and teeth cleanings

The connection between oral health and overall general health has become increasingly apparent. Hence, you must deal with issues like gum disease as soon as possible. If you have concerns about dental health, visit Elan Dental, at 310 suite an S Main St, Rolesville, NC 27571, or call us at (919) 556-6761 and schedule an appointment.

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