Common Health Problems of Unhealthy Teeth

Have you ever wondered why dentists highly recommend oral check-up twice a year and daily brushing and flossing of your teeth at least twice a day?

If you’ve been ignoring these recommendations and still prefer taking huge amount of foods which ideally are best in moderation, then you’re in a terrible situation.

Researches and studies have found direct correlation between bad oral condition and that of some common and fatal diseases a lot of people have nowadays.

Although there have not been any established specifics on its cause and effects, scientists have identified strong links between bad teeth and gums (especially inflamed gums) and that of popular diseases like diabetes, heart attacks and lung problems.

The idea runs in the premise that because inflamed gums signals the presence of bacteria, these bacteria have the tendency to travel to the bloodstream and affect major organs of the body.

Below are common health problems associated with unhealthy teeth (and gums):

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Lung diseases
  • Dementia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

For diabetics who have high amount of sugar in the body, oral problem, particularly inflamed gums, is a problem. High sugar levels means that the body is more susceptible to bacteria and infection since high sugar inhibits healing.

Inflamed gums therefore can add risk to those people who are already diagnosed with diabetes. Also, general observation has shown that a huge number of diabetics also have inflamed gums.

Once the gums are inflamed, the bacteria present in there are not just restricted to the oral cavity. We’ve mentioned that bacteria can travel to the bloodstream. When this happens, the risk for inflammation in previously damaged (or unhealthy) heart valves increases.

This can result in atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

Also, studies found out that a 70% increase in likelihood of cardiovascular diseases is higher to those people who have periodontal disease (inflamed gums).

Aside from the heart, we have the risk of harming our lungs as well if bad oral condition persists. Lung diseases are caused when certain bacteria reach our lower respiratory tract after being inhaled from our throat.

While air pollution, smoking and weak immune system largely contribute to the development of heart diseases, bacteria coming from inflamed gums which can travel to our bloodstream and respiratory tract should not be underestimated.

The GOOD news…

The good news is, you can do something about it. You can prevent yourself from acquiring periodontal disease if you follow your dentist’s recommendation. There’s a truth to what they say, ‘Trust the experts,’ and when it comes to oral health care, dentists are the experts.

Ideally, you are to have a full oral check-up twice a year. In this process, tartar and other dental deposits are removed. Your teeth are also treated to fluoride to restore its previous healthy condition.

Apart from this general check-up, you are also expected to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day to keep food deposits from accumulating.

When was the last time you had your teeth checked by your dentist? Where you following the recommended ways to take care of your teeth?

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