Oral Health Is A Window Into Overall Health

Oral Health Is A Window Into Overall Health

An individual’s health can be severely impacted if they do not maintain a healthy oral cavity. One of the most common health effects directly related to the health of the oral cavity is malnutrition. People with many missing teeth and constant dental pain typically eat less than individuals that have most of their teeth. Malnutrition has been shown to lead to increased chances of dementia and/or depression and severe illness.

Other less well-known health issues that can be caused by poor oral health include:

Endocarditis: The infection of the internal lining of your heart valves or chambers. The bacteria that cause the infection come from various areas of your body, including bacteria that colonizes in your mouth.

Cardiovascular disease:  This is an area of constant research. Currently, it is suggested that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be associated to inflammation and infection that oral bacteria can cause.

Pregnancy and birth complications: Periodontal disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

Pneumonia: Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

Here are a couple of ways you can protect your oral health:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily using a soft bristled brush and fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Use alcohol-free mouthwash to help remove food debris
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
  • Schedule routine dental check-ups and cleanings
  • Limit sugar in your diet
  • Avoid tobacco use
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