Dental health is connected to your body’s overall health, in more and very important ways than you might imagine. When we talk about Dental Care, the first things that pop into mind are beautiful pearly white teeth and a superstar smile.
There is more to dental health than just these things. Making sure that your teeth and gums are healthy also protect you from the following illnesses:
According to the The Journal of Periodontology, gum disease could cause infections in your lungs, and may even cause pneumonia. The connection might seem too far out, but think of it this way: what do you think is going to happen when you keep on breathing in bacteria from infected teeth and gums?
The risk of heart disease increases if an individual has bad oral health, or periodontitis. The theory is that inflamed blood vessels allow less blood to travel to and from the heart. This raises blood pressure. Also, there is a risk that plaque will break off and travel through the blood vessel to the heart or brain.
The relationship between periodontitis and diabetes, are the most solid of all the mouth and body connections. The inflammation in the mouth weakens the body’s ability to process sugar because of insulin deficiency. Insulin is the hormone that turns sugar into usable energy.
Many are unaware of the connections between oral health and overall health. There is serious concern among dental health practitioners regarding proper dissemination of this important information.