Proper oral care affects more than just your gums, and teeth. When your mouth isn’t healthy, that can pose other health risks for the rest of your body as well. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss daily because gum disease can promote a wide variety of other diseases and health complications, some of which can become very serious.
Developing Gum Disease
Gum, or periodontal, disease is brought on by an abundance of plaque in the mouth caused by a combination of food particles, mucus, and bacteria that builds up and penetrates the area where the tooth and the gum meet. This can lead to infection and tooth decay, resulting in pain, redness, and bleeding. Gingivitis is often the first warning signs of gum disease, but routine brushing, flossing, and dental visits can reverse the effects. However, if left untreated it will lead to periodontitis where gum disease is much harder to treat, and more expensive as well.
Since bacteria is such a major component of the onset for gum disease, those germs and microbes can easily invade other sensitive and delicate regions of the body. The heart is particularly susceptible to diseases related to gum disease and its damaging effects. Endocarditis and atherosclerosis are both common forms of cardiovascular disease that can come as a result of periodontitis. The former is when the inner lining of the heart becomes infected, while the latter is a condition that brings on a hardening of the arteries. Both of these illnesses can be directly connected to bacteria from the mouth getting into the bloodstream and traveling to the heart.
Respiratory diseases and conditions are also a possible component of gum diseases, with pneumonia being among the most common causes of excessive oral bacteria and poor dental hygiene. The immune system can also be weakened from poor oral health and this can put you at greater risk to a whole range of medical problems from diabetes to osteoporosis and many other immunodeficiency conditions. If the body is not strong enough to fight back infection and illness, that will also have an effect on your oral health. This can make any current issues you may be experiencing even worse and a cycle of poor health will continue throughout your mouth and the rest of your body and its many systems. Good brushing will reduce bacteria, prevent the loss of your teeth, and eliminate bad breath and symptoms of dry mouth.