Is your mouth an isolated compartment?….only a portal of entry to the body without any other link to rest of the body?...Can an unhealthy mouth disturb the other systems of your body?....
It is astonishing to see some people who are very concerned about their general health and well being doing a lot for it … regular exercise..food control…etc. ….., But… absolutely neglecting their oral health. It’s probably because of their ignorance towards the link between oral health and general health!!....
In this blog let us discuss how the healthy mouth is an integral component of healthy body.
Oral cavity is the mirror that reflects a person’s general health. The oral tissues can reflect your general health condition: nutritional status, level of body’s immunity, blood picture, bone density… etc… etc…Many systemic diseases show up some changes in the mouth, which an expert can spot very easily.
Is that all…No.. When the oral health is compromised…your mouth can become a source of a disease process in other parts of body. How is that possible? Is there any scientific evidence?...
Yes… the interplay between oral and systemic health and disease has become a lively focus of research and the large body of scientific literature underscores the fact that poor dental health may enhance the risk for heart disease and stroke, independently of other risk factors. Furthermore researches have also shown an association between prostate health and various types of cancers with poor periodontal health.
The oral disease that has highest impact on other systems of the body is Periodontitis. Periodontitis is a bacterial infection of tooth supporting tissues, i.e. gums and bone. Neglected or inadequate oral hygiene is the primary reason. When the plaque (colony of bacteria, food debris, and saliva) deposited on teeth are not removed by meticulous brushing and flossing, toxins/acids produced by the bacteria begin to irritate and infect the gums. This result in red, swollen, bleeding gums which, when untreated spread down to bone.
Continuous inflammation associated with Periodontitis, adversely affects other systems of the body; increasing the risk of the above mentioned diseases.
Another noteworthy observation is the two-way connection between diabetes and periodontal disease. Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal diseases. On the other hand, diabetic patients with poor periodontal conditions, find it difficult to achieve a blood sugar control. The reason is… Periodontitis weakens the body’s ability to control sugar.
So if you are diabetic…. you have unhealthy gums and teeth….do not hesitate to walk in to Iris Dental Office.. We can assist you in achieving good periodontal health.
You may be surprised to know that Periodontitis in pregnant ladies have been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm delivery and low birth weight of the baby.
To ensure a healthy, disease-free mouth … be diligent in oral hygiene routine such as brushing at least twice daily, in the morning and before bed time and flossing at least once a day before bed time.
This alone may not be sufficient; you need to visit your dentists on regular intervals for a professional cleaning of the teeth and evaluation of periodontal health.
Bear in mind the link between oral and general health!!.. Take good care of your teeth and gums… ensure good general health and well being …