Oral Health Connections To Disease
Posted by Gabriala Brown, Tooth Soap® founder on Nov 18th 2022
Your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body. The bacteria and germs that live in your mouth can make their way into other parts of your body, which can cause serious illness and disease. What's more, oral health problems are often linked to other chronic conditions and diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Get on top of your oral health now by following these simple tips:
Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease
- Oral health is connected to heart disease.
- Gum disease can cause heart disease.
- Gum disease can cause blood clots, inflammation, strokes and heart attacks.
Gum Disease Linked to Stroke
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can be linked to stroke. Removing plaque from the gums helps prevent gum disease and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Gum inflammation is also associated with diabetes, which increases your chances for stroke.
Gum Disease Linked to Diabetes
Diabetes and gum disease are linked. Both are chronic conditions that damage your body and affect your health. Diabetes affects the pancreas, while gum disease involves the gums. However, they both have similar symptoms, such as high blood sugar levels and inflammation of the gums.
Both diabetes and gum disease can cause heart disease or stroke because these conditions damage blood vessels in your body. They also increase your risk for infection because you won't be able to fight off germs as well if you don't have healthy teeth or gums
Pregnancy and Oral Health
While gum disease is a common condition, it seems to be more prevalent among pregnant women. This may be because the hormones that control your pregnancy can also make your gums more prone to infection. Gum disease is linked with an increased risk of preterm labor and low birth weight, so it's important for pregnant women to take steps to prevent gum disease if they are susceptible.
It's not just about avoiding infections during pregnancy; there are many other reasons why regular dental care is important for pregnant women. You will want to brush and floss daily or use interdental cleaning aids like floss picks or water flossers so you don't risk damaging your teeth or gums when brushing manually. If you are having trouble finding time during this busy stage of life, ask us about laser dentistry options such as Invisalign® clear aligners since they do not require any drilling of the teeth at all!
Oral Health and Alzheimer's Disease
Oral health is a vital part of total body health, but it's often overlooked. This can be especially true for people with Alzheimer's disease, who may have difficulty caring for their teeth and gums.
It's important to remember that good oral hygiene can go a long way toward preventing gum disease—and that regular dental care appointments are an essential part of maintaining your oral health. If you think someone in your life has or might develop Alzheimer's disease, it's crucial to talk with their dentist about how best to address their needs.
The Root Canal Controversy
You may have heard about the controversy surrounding root canals. While it's true that a root canal can save a tooth, it can also be painful and cause infections. In some cases, a root canal has even been known to cause tooth loss!
If you're considering having a tooth pulled because of your fear of having a painful root canal, rest assured: Tooth Soap® is here for you. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
Take care of your gums, they are connected to the rest of your health.
We all know that oral health is important and that it can impact the rest of our body. The connection between oral health and overall health is well-documented, so there's no need to go into detail here. But what you may not have realized is that oral health is also connected to your quality of life.
A healthy mouth helps you enjoy food more, which makes eating more enjoyable for you and those around you. It allows for greater communication with others, both in terms of talking and smiling (and yes—you do smile with your mouth closed). It means fewer chances for embarrassment from bad breath or discolored teeth when meeting new people or taking selfies at weddings (awkward). A healthy mouth allows us a chance to express ourselves through an array of facial expressions that are impossible when we're unable to speak without pain or embarrassment due to gum disease (or whatever other issues may cause an inability).
In conclusion, we realize that this might be a lot of information to take in. However, if you are worried about your oral health and eager to get started on a healthier lifestyle, there’s no better time than now!
For more information about how the condition of your gums affects the rest of your body, check out these resources: