We have all heard the saying “Your mouth is the window to your overall health” and with advances in modern medicine we are realising that this is more scientific fact than just a saying. Your oral health is more important than you realise and can offer clues about your overall health.
Studies conducted throughout the years have found a significant link between oral health and general health and wellbeing.
Our mouths are the entry point for many disease-causing bacteria. Research says that poor oral health and bleeding gums (caused due to Gum Disease or periodontal disease) could allow bacteria to escape into the bloodstream and put you at risk of life-threatening clots.
While oral conditions are often considered separate from other chronic conditions, they are in fact interrelated. A lot of research has been devoted to the subject with many studies validating the harmful effects of oral health on the health of the heart and many other vital organs.
A Cleveland clinic study found that the bacteria that travel from your mouth into your bloodstream can cause elevated C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation in the blood vessels that can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
According to The Mayo Clinic, this spread of bacteria — and other germs — from your mouth to other parts of your body through the bloodstream, can result in illnesses such as endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart.
The American Heart Association, too, has determined that cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and stroke are linked to inflammation caused by oral bacteria.
One proven way of keeping these harmful bacteria at bay is maintaining good oral health — brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily. However, if you fail to do so, there’s a looming danger of bacteria reaching levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease, which in turn could lead to debilitating diseases.
Besides the possibility of developing health problems, oral disease can also lead to difficulty speaking, chewing, and swallowing, affecting your ability to consume the nourishment you need to stay healthy, participate in daily activities and socialise.
To ensure your teeth, gums and body are healthy, follow these guidelines:
At Micris Dental Clinic we have an amazing team of dentists and dental hygienists who use the most sophisticated dental technologies to perform professional cleanings and detect and treat gum disease respectively. Our dental specialists make sure to educate patients about proper oral hygiene, which can help prevent oral disease. Call us today to schedule your appointment.