Too many people put dental care on the back burner because they do not understand the connection between general dentistry health and overall general health. Not only does your oral health affect your overall health, but it can be a first indicator of general health problems.
Dental pain and missing teeth can easily discourage proper eating habits, especially in children and the elderly. Poorly fitting dentures are often at the root of malnutrition in older people.
Gum disease and excessive plaque have been associated with many cardiovascular problems including:
- Clogged arteries
- Heart disease
- Bacterial endocarditis
Poor oral health makes it harder for diabetics to control blood sugar and insulin levels. If you have diabetes it is important to stay on top of your dental health, to prevent complications caused by fluctuating blood sugar levels.
Diabetes increases your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, tooth loss and dry mouth.
Infections Throughout The Body
If you have gum disease, the bacteria that started by causing cavities are now spreading into the gums and interior of the teeth. From there, they can enter your bloodstream and cause infections and damage to any part of the body.
Gum disease has been linked to low birth weight and premature births because once the bacteria from gum disease have entered your bloodstream they have access to your baby’s bloodstream. It is important to take care of your oral health before you become pregnant.
The signs of many health conditions appear in your mouth before they are noticeable elsewhere. Regular dental care can help you spot and address health problems in their early stages, including:
- Sjogren’s syndrome
Taking care of your oral health is an investment not only in your smile, but in your overall general health.