Most of us are familiar with the phrase, “The eyes are the window to the soul”, and if that is the case, the mouth may well be considered a window to the state of a person’s overall health! Your oral health can provide clues to that state of your physical health. It can let you know if you have a nutritional deficiency, a general infection, or that your body is fighting a disease.
Your mouth can indicate the following:
–Cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and stroke are linked to inflammation and infections from oral bacteria.
–AIDS and HIV can cause painful mouth lesions and sores.
–Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and easy to break and can be linked to periodontal bone and tooth loss.
–Alzheimer’s can be a possible predication if you lose your teeth before you turn 35-years-old.
–Endocarditis is an infection in the heart lining coming from bacteria and germs (like the ones in your mouth) flowing through your bloodstream and sticking to areas of your heart.
–Pregnancy and premature birth can be an adverse result of periodontitis.
–Diabetes lowers your body’s ability to fight infection which can lead to gum disease.
There is bacteria living in your mouth as well as on your body. Daily brushing and flossing, like take a daily bath or shower, helps keep harmful bacteria in check. If you skip the daily cleaning of your teeth and gums, bacteria can reach unhealthy levels and cause gum disease and tooth decay. These are infections occurring in the mouth. Periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease can play a role in disease because the infection weakens your body’s immune system.
Another way to have an excess of oral bacteria is a condition called dry mouth. This is where saliva production is limited, which leaves your teeth and gums at risk to the ravages of unchecked bacteria. Dry mouth can be caused by prescription or over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, nasal decongestants, anxiety and depression medications, among others. Tobacco use can also cause dry mouth.
We recommend staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, brush and floss your teeth after meals, and seeing your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. You can protect your physical health by taking good care of your oral health. At Dental Implants Associates, we are here to help keep your smile healthy and bright. Give us a call at 773-478-5520 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment!