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Can Oral Health Affect Your Body's Health?

Can Oral Health Affect Your Body's Health?
Posted on 02/22/2016

Oral Health & Your Body 

Oral-Health-Your-BodyTwin Falls ID orthodontist, Dr. Ward, and his team strive to provide each of our patients with a healthy smile. We use the most advanced technologies and procedures in orthodontics to make that happen so each of our patients is given something to truly smile about!  

Most people know that poor oral health can lead to all types of problems in the mouth like tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. But not everyone realizes that poor oral health can also directly impact your overall body health. Here are a few ways poor oral health affects your body. 

Can Put You at Risk for Heart Problems 

Several studies strongly suggest that gum inflammation raises the risk for heart disease and stroke. This is thought to be because the bacteria in inflamed and infected gums can travel via the bloodstream to lead to cardiovascular disease. 

Poor Oral Health Can Contribute to Diabetes 

It has been known for quite some time that diabetics are more prone to gum disease. But  recent studies suggest that advanced gum disease can make diabetes worse by affecting blood glucose control. 

Gum Disease Can Worsen Lung Problems 

Because people with gum disease have an overabundance of bacteria breeding in their mouths, those with pre-existing lung problems like chronic pulmonary disease can inhale germs to make their conditions worse. 

Raises the Risk for Infection and Inflammation In the Body 

Poor oral health has been linked with the development of infection in other parts of the body. Researchers have found a correlation between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation. Experts believe that the mechanism of the destruction of connective tissues in both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis is similar. 

As you can see, there are many ways poor oral health can affect the rest of your body. This is why it's so important to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly for routine checkups and cleanings. Your orthodontist can also help improve your oral health by bringing your teeth into proper alignment to make cleaning your teeth easier. Teeth which are properly aligned also make biting and chewing food more efficient which leads to better food digestion.