To understand how the mouth can affect the body, it helps to understand what can go wrong in the first place.
Bacteria, known as plaque, that builds up on #teeth make gums prone to infection. The immune system moves in to attack the infection and the gums become inflamed. The inflammation continues unless the infection is brought under control through proper dental hygiene. Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe #gumdisease, known as #periodontitis.
The past 5 to 10 years have seen ballooning interest in possible links between #mouth health and body health. Even the slightest #Inflammation problems that start in your mouth can spread to the rest of your body increasing your risk of #HeartDisease, #Stroke, #LungDisease, #ProblemsinPregnancy, Complications related to #Diabetes, #Alzheimer's Disease and more.
Up to 91% of patients with #heartdisease have #periodontitis, compared to 66% of people with no heart disease. The two conditions have several risk factors in common, such as #smoking, unhealthy diet, and excess weight. And some suspect that periodontitis has a direct role in raising the risk of heart disease as well.
Not #smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your mouth and your body. According to the #CDC, a smoker’s risk of #severegumdisease is three times higher than someone who does not smoke.
These are just a few of the many findings that link the mouth and your overall health. Taking good care of your #teethandgums can aid in a longer healthier life. This means #brushingteethtwiceaday, #flossing once a day, and going for regular #dentalcleanings and check-ups.