Having healthy teeth is more important for you than just a nice smile. And it’s even more important than for just the healthy mouth. Your oral hygiene is important because it’s linked to the health of the rest of your body.
We all know there are a variety of steps we can take each day to keep our bodies healthy. And we should remember to make keeping our mouths healthy a part of that routine.
Read on, and we’ll walk you through the link between your mouth and body health.
How Your Teeth and Body are Connected
When you don’t practice good oral hygiene, bacteria can build up on your teeth. When there’s enough buildup, your gums become vulnerable to infection. As your body attempts to fight the infection, your gums become inflamed.
If this goes on for a long period of time, the inflammation can degrade the bones which hold your teeth. This, in turn, leads to periodontitis – a severe gum disease. Periodontitis can then cause other health problems throughout the body.
Because of this connection, it is important that you practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for a check-up twice a year.
Let’s take a look at how your oral hygiene can have an impact on the rest of your body and the other way around.
Healthy Teeth Can Indicate a Healthy Body
There are many reasons to have healthy teeth. If you happen to be showing signs of oral complications, it could be an indicator that you are experiencing other health issues as well.
For example, some of the first signs of HIV/AIDS occur in the mouth. These signs can include bleeding gums, oral herpes, and oral yeast infections.
If you are experiencing oral complications, don’t pass it off as nothing. Be sure to see your oral care specialist and get checked out.
Gum Disease and Diabetes
There is a strong link between periodontal disease and diabetes. When the gums are severely inflamed, the body cannot properly control its blood sugar and this causes the levels to spike.
People who live with diabetes are especially susceptible to inflammation’s effects. They experience increased diabetic complications which can then continue to increase their blood sugar.
Unfortunately, the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease is two-way. The increased blood sugar creates an environment which allows the periodontitis to spread.
Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Although the link isn’t as clear, there is no doubt a strong correlation between periodontal disease and heart disease. One of the beliefs for this link is that their causes could be identical. For example, smoking can not only wreak havoc throughout the body but it’s also known to cause gum disease.
But researchers now believe inflammation may be a connection as well. A study at Forsyth Institute using rabbits showed that inflammation in the mouth was connected to inflammation in the arteries. This is further evidence that the mouth and body are more connected than previously thought.
Practice Healthy to Stay Healthy
Not only is your mouth connected to your body, but it’s also a part of your body. Be sure to treat it well and maintain your healthy teeth by flossing and brushing twice a day.
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