Your oral health shows a lot about your overall physical health. That’s right! Your mouth is actually a window into how healthy you are. Consequently, the opposite is true, as well. Also, your overall oral hygiene gives markers into certain debilitating conditions you may develop over the course of your life. In this blog, we will take a look at how oral health and physical health are connected.
Your mouth is a hotbed of bacteria like other parts of your body, but they are generally harmless. However, since your mouth is the door to your digestive system and respiratory tracts, you may ingest bacteria that could cause diseases. Typically, brushing and maintaining a good oral hygiene habit is a good defence against these bacteria. But when you neglect your oral health, you invite bacteria to fester in your mouth which could lead to oral infections that include gum disease and tooth decay.
Also, several medications like painkillers, diuretics, antidepressants, and decongestants dehydrate your body and reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and cuts down the adverse effects of acids produced in your mouth, protecting you from harmful bacteria that could mushroom and lead to diseases.
There are two conditions that you should beware of: conditions that can be caused by your oral health or lack thereof, and conditions that could adversely affect your oral health. Let’s take a look at each:
You may experience endocarditis, a condition that impacts the inner lining of valves or chambers in your heart. This is caused by bacteria coming from other parts of your body, especially your mouth. A build-up of oral bacteria could also cause cardiovascular disease. Research suggests that clogged arteries and stroke are linked to the bacteria originating from the mouth.
Several conditions affect your oral health. For instance, diabetes brings down your immunity levels and makes you prone to infections. This puts your gums at risk. Another condition called osteoporosis - weakening and erosion of the bone can reduce the bone density in your jaw and weaken your mouth. HIV/AIDS is known to cause mucosal lesions that are severely painful.
Since your oral health is a key driver to a variety of diseases and conditions, its always important to maintain a strict dental regimen to keep your mouth — and in turn, your body — healthy.
Want to learn more about the connection between oral health and physical health? Call Palm Court Dental at (909) 829-3994 or schedule an appointment online.