Did you know that your smile has a potentially massive impact on a number of aspects in your personal, social and your professional lives. But oral hygiene can affect much more than just the health of your teeth, gums and mouth.
The mouth is the primary entryway to your body and large is the route through which poor oral health can have adverse effects on the entire body. For starters, bleeding gums, aching teeth and odorous breath are the primary signs of bad oral health. Bacteria from the mouth can easily get into the blood and this can lead to inflammation and infection wherever they spread.
That is why it is also advisable to practise good oral hygiene and to see a dentist on a regular basis in order to avoid serious health risks.
Here are some common health problems that are caused by bad oral habits:
Diabetes and its Complications –
Almost 95 percent of diabetics have periodontal disease. In fact, 1/3rd are in the advanced stages that have led to the loss of teeth. Your blood sugar level will be more difficult to control and your blood sugar symptoms can get worse if you have periodontal disease and inflammation of the gums. Adding to this is the fact that diabetes sufferers are more prone to periodontal disease making proper dental care even more important.
Poor oral health can affect the brain. In fact, brain cells can be killed by substances released from gums when inflamed by infection and lead to the loss of memory. Dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease can result from gingivitis when the bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream or spreads to nerve channels.
Pregnancy Complications –
It is vital for the expectant mothers to practice good oral hygiene. Hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy can cause a woman to develop oral infections much more easily. Any infection in the body of the mother can enhance her risk of pregnancy complications. The oral health issues in the mother such as gingivitis and periodontitis are known to lead to low birth weight and premature birth in infants. Gum disease puts both the baby and the mother at risk for experiencing serious health issues.
Cardiovascular Disease –
Poor oral health increases the risk for heart attack in any person. If the gums are inflamed due to bacteria that cause periodontal disease, the same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing the bacteria to build up and harden into plaque. This hardening of the arteries is called atherosclerosis. This is a very serious condition as it leads to blood flow issues and heart blockages, massively it increases the likelihood of having a heart attack. That aside, the damaging impact of the arteries and blood vessels lead to hypertension and increases the risk of strokes. This can also cause the lining of the heart to become infected which gives rise to the fatal condition called Endocarditis.
Poor oral health practices such as tobacco or smoking can lead to oral and throat cancers but there are other types of cancers that are also linked to gum diseases. The risk of pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer and blood cancers is much higher for people who have poor oral health.
Rheumatoid Arthritis –
The National Rheumatoid Arthritis suggests that people with gum disease are four times more likely for having Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both the diseases have in common inflammation. The oral bacteria from gingivitis can enhance inflammation all through the body. This increases the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, which happens to be an incapacitating disease of inflammation, to a great extent.
Erectile Dysfunction –
Erectile dysfunction happens to be a chronic problem, the chances of which increase for those who have periodontal disease. Chronic Periodontal Disease (CPD) is an infection that occurs when the gums pull away from the teeth, that gives rise to pockets carrying bacteria and that allows the bug to spread to the bone surrounding the teeth. Bacteria from the ailed gums can get into the bloodstream and give rise to the inflamed blood vessels. This inflammation can block the blood flow to the genitals that makes the erections challenging and even impossible at times.
Kidney Disease –
Chronic kidney disease is a serious health issue that affects the heart, kidneys, bones and blood pressure. The infections in the body like periodontal disease can lead to kidney disease. People with gum disease generally have weaker immunity and are more likely to acquire an infection. Kidney disease can have fatal consequences as it can lead to cardiovascular disease or kidney failure.
The above are some of the effects of poor dental hygiene on your overall health. That is why taking care of oral health is important not only for the health of your mouth but for a better overall quality of life that is most coveted. So take care of your dental health for a healthy life.
Author’s Bio – Iftekhar Tabish has been associated with a renowned dental clinic since many years and now he pens down his extensive knowledge that he gathered working as a dental professional to help and guide people who want to know more about their oral health.