Healthy Changes—Dental Health, Part 2


Did you know that oral health is an important factor in determining your overall health?  I knew that poor oral health had been linked to heart disease, but look at the Mayo Clinic’s list of conditions that may be related to oral health…

  • Endocarditis. Gum disease and dental procedures that cut your gums may allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream. If you have a weak immune system or a damaged heart valve, this can cause infection in other parts of the body — such as an infection of the inner lining of the heart (endocarditis).
  • Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be linked to oral bacteria, possibly due to chronic inflammation from periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease.
  • Pregnancy and birth. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. In addition, people who have inadequate blood sugar control may develop more-frequent and severe infections of the gums and the bone that holds teeth in place, and they may lose more teeth than do people who have good blood sugar control.
  • HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
  • Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — may be associated with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. Tooth loss before age 35 may be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Other conditions. Other conditions that may be linked to oral health include Sjogren’s syndrome — an immune system disorder — and eating disorders.

If the money factor doesn’t motivate you to get to the dentist, maybe this list will.


10 thoughts on “Healthy Changes—Dental Health, Part 2

  1. To protect your oral health, resolve to practice good oral hygiene every day.Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Floss daily. Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks. Schedule regular dental checkups.Also, watch for signs and symptoms of oral disease and contact your dentist as soon as a problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

  2. Good oral hygiene is a must for every individual. It is true that poor dental care may result to a much more severe internal problems. A simple tooth ache and tooth decay may result to a much detrimental and life-threatening disease, endocarditis.

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