Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is very important to the health of your mouth. However, did you know that keeping your mouth and smile healthy can help you keep your entire body healthy?
If you have poor oral health, you could have to deal with a number of issues. For example, did you know that diabetes can actually be caused by a small infection in your gums? You see, your body reacts to the infection in your mouth and send antibodies to address it. In turn, this can affect your body’s ability to use insulin correctly, which may then result in diabetes.
Heart disease has also been linked to poor dental health. Essentially, because your body will be trying to treat your gum’s inflammation, your heart will have to work harder and faster. This will cause the blood vessels located in your heart to constrict, leading to hypertension, or high blood pressure. Sadly, if this continues for some time, it can leave you more likely to have a heart attack.
Studies have also shown that there are other issues linked to poor dental health. For example, it has been shown that poor oral health can be connected to osteoporosis and bone density loss. Similarly, if you have gum disease, you could be more prone to autoimmune disorders. You should also know that individuals who have lost a tooth before turning 35 are ultimately more likely to have Alzheimer’s.
If you would like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or about the connection between your oral and your overall health in Sugar Land, Texas, please contact Ronald K. Rich, DDS, MAGD at 281-980-2537. Our dentist, Dr. Ronald K. Rich, and the rest of our team are looking forward to meeting with you soon.