Your dentist at Comfort Care Dental advises you to brush twice a day and floss daily. This is for good reason! Not only are those good practices to ensure healthy teeth and gums, but recent research has shown that good oral health can prevent health issues in the rest of the body. Here are a few ways in which your oral health impacts your overall health in Calgary, AB
Oral bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and cause plaque buildup in the arteries. This can lead to the development of heart disease and put you at risk for a heart attack. A healthy mouth can also prevent heart infections – this is called endocarditis and iti affects the heart chambers and valves.
Bacteria can not only cause a plaque buildup in your coronary arteries, but it can attack nerve cells in your brain. Taking care of your teeth reduces the amount of harmful bacteria that can cause inflammation and plaque deposits in the vessels that supply your brain with oxygenated blood.
Your bones can also become affected by oral bacteria. The jawbones as well as the bones throughout the body can become infected and develop a condition called osteomyelitis, which requires weeks of antibiotics – and sometimes surgery – to treat.
Pregnant women who have periodontitis, or gum disease, are at a higher risk for going into preterm labor and have babies with a low birth weight. This is because oral bacteria can even travel through the placenta to affect the fetus, leading to fetal distress.
If oral bacteria cause a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels, there can be a blockage of blood flow to all areas of the body, including the genital blood vessels. This is a leading cause of erectile dysfunction.
Oral bacteria can cause inflammation throughout the body. When this happens, the tissues in the body are less sensitive to insulin, which causes blood sugar level to rise.
Bacteria in the mouth can easily travel to the lungs through aspiration, where it can cause infections like pneumonia.
As there are so many benefits to maintaining a healthy mouth, you may be more encouraged to do so. Your dentist at Comfort Care Dental can give you a hand. Be sure to brush and floss every day, avoid sugary beverages, and visit your dentist in Calgary, AB for regular exams and cleanings.