How does bad oral health affect your body?

If you have poor oral health, you are at risk of cardiovascular disease. Bacteria from infected gums enter the bloodstream and can cause arteries to build up plaque. This can put you at risk of having a heart attack. Normally, the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as brushing your teeth and flossing daily, keep bacteria under control.

However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that could cause oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth loss can be the ultimate consequence of advanced gum disease and tooth decay, and it has its own set of problems. A lack of teeth can cause problems with eating, difficulty speaking, and changes in the shape and appearance of the face. Okay, this may be obvious, but gum disease is the result of poor oral health.

Infections occur when plaque builds up along and under the gums. Periodontal disease is a serious form of gum disease that causes bone deterioration and tooth loss. At the same time, gum disease also causes high blood sugar levels, so a person with poor oral health has a higher risk of developing diabetes. If you smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products, you are probably already aware of the oral health harms associated with this habit.

However, there are other types of cancer related to gum disease in addition to oral and throat cancers. Patients with gum disease tend to have a weaker immune system and are more susceptible to infections. Kidney disease can occur as a result of infection. There are several health problems related to gum disease, and many of them can cause difficulties for a person seeking to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

If you have questions about oral health, want to learn more about health conditions related to gum disease, or want to book an appointment, contact our incredible team at West 85th Dental. We can't wait to hear from you. Unlike other health problems that may be out of your control, you have primary control over your oral health and how it affects the rest of your body. In addition, poor oral health seriously reduces the quality of life for people with poor overall health.

People between the ages of 50 and 64 who reported poor health were almost three times more likely to say that their lives were less satisfying due to poor oral health. Other health problems caused by oral health problems include neck and head cancer, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea and eating disorders. Other conditions that may be related to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain types of cancer, and an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth (Sjogren's syndrome). According to current research, you should strive to prevent gum disease, the primary connection between poor dental health and general health problems.

Of course, the direct consequences of poor oral health will be seen on the health of the teeth and gums. While poor oral health isn't the only factor that determines your overall health, poor oral health can be a risk factor in the development of other diseases. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control found that 35 percent of adults aged 50 to 64 who reported health problems also had oral health problems. The first step is to learn about oral health, the link between oral health and total body health.