How Does Your Dental Health Affect You?

How Does Your Dental Health Affect You?

Posted by DR. YOUNG H. KIM on Mar 17 2021, 05:35 AM

Your oral and general health are closely intertwined. Bacteria can get into your body via the mouth and may cause infections or inflammation in other parts of the body. 

Thus, taking care of your teeth and mouth helps keep your body healthy and prevents significant problems in the future.

In this article, Dr. Young H. Kim at Lincolnway Dental Center in Aurora, Illinois, discusses the importance of dental health and how it affects your overall health.

What Issues Are Related to Poor Oral Health?

Improper oral hygiene can result in a lot of health issues. Below are some of the common overall health problems connected to poor oral health:

Diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of periodontitis or gum disease and vice versa. One reason why this may happen is that if oral infections get severe enough, they can cause low-grade inflammation throughout your body.

Dementia

Gum infections can cause toxic chemicals to reach the brain cells. As a result, the germs may migrate to the nerves and this might result in memory loss.

Cardiovascular Diseases

The bacteria from infected gums can enter the bloodstream, causing inflammation of the blood arteries and infections in the heart valves. If you have a pre-existing illness like congestive heart failure, this can prove to be risky. 

The combination can also cause infectious or bacterial endocarditis, which is the inflammation of the heart's lining.

Pancreatic Cancer

The mechanisms behind the possible association between oral health issues and pancreatic cancer are unclear. However, experts believe that bacteria-induced inflammation in the mouth may be the reason. Some of the antibodies found in common oral bacteria may potentially reduce the immune response that protects the body against cancer.

Fertility or Pregnancy Issues 

Women's infertility and poor dental health are connected. Gum disease may be a reason for infertility in women and it can make it difficult for them to conceive or have a healthy pregnancy.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis are closely connected. Inflammation in the body can be increased by bacteria in the mouth, which raises the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

To learn more about how dental health affects your overall body, contact Lincolnway Dental Center at (630) 897-1300 or visit us at 648 North Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60506.

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