There is increasing evidence that shows your oral health has an impact on the health of your entire body. Because the gums are vascular and allow for oral bacteria to circulate into the bloodstream, any serious gum diseases can affect your overall health. Maintaining proper oral health is key to your physical well-being and reduces your chances of developing serious medical issues.
Poor Oral Health Causes Dangerous Inflammation
When daily hygiene routines are neglected, and routine dental visits are skipped, bacteria can multiply, causing tooth decay and gum disease. When the gums are swollen from chronic infection, the body’s immune system responds, triggering inflammation. Inflammation is known to cause serious health risks, such as:
- Heart attack or stroke due to blockages caused by constriction of arterial walls.
- Diabetic complications from increases of sugar in the bloodstream.
- Arthritis symptoms exasperated by chronic inflammation.
Poor Oral Health is Associated with Diseases that Affect the Heart, Brain, and Lungs
Poor oral health also allows bacteria to form into a sticky substance called plaque, which can infect vital organs throughout the body. People with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Plaque can form in arterial walls, break away, and cause a heart attack or stroke. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have plaque buildup between neurons in the brain which disrupt cell function. Oral bacteria are also known to contribute to upper respiratory infections and increased chances of developing pneumonia.
Keep a Disciplined Oral Health Routine
It is important to take your oral health seriously and good daily hygiene habits are essential to maintaining that health. Brushing and flossing daily prevent bacteria from damaging your teeth irritating your immune system. Seeing your dentist twice a year is also necessary to remove dangerous plaque from hard to reach areas and treat cavities before they cause extensive damage.
Contact the office of Dr. Bill Vagenas in Brockton to Maintain Oral Health
The dental office of Bill Vagenas, DDS offers the education and treatment you need to keep your oral health in optimal condition. Whether it be providing educational tips, or dental hygiene visits and routine exams Dr. Vagenas and his staff diligently work to help you maintain oral and overall health.