Oral Health & Body Health

Good oral healthcare is integral to your physical health. Poor oral health can predispose you to a number of other general health issues.

Most bacteria in the mouth are harmless but some may cause disease. These bacteria can be kept in control through good oral hygiene habits. However, when the mouth is not taken care of, harmful bacteria can lead to oral infections. A common example of this is gum disease.

When a person has gum disease or periodontitis, inflammation chemicals can travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body like the heart. They can cause blood clots and may lead to heart attack and stroke.

In one study conducted by the Finnish research group, it was found that 59 out of the 75 participants had a strain of viridans streptococci in their brain. Streptococci is bacteria commonly found in the mouth. The participants of the study were all treated for ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blocked blood vessel in the brain.

Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, accounting for 88% of all strokes. If you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or diabetes, and have bleeding gums, you may need immediate treatment.

Health Conditions Linked to Oral Health

The condition of your oral health can impact the rest of your body. It may contribute to the development of certain conditions such as:

Maintain Good Oral Care for a Healthier Body

While more studies are needed to fully understand the association between oral health and general health, it’s clear there’s a correlation.

Any discomfort or pain in your mouth can affect how you function daily. We all know how an excruciating toothache can feel debilitating.

Taking proper care of your mouth will not only give you a healthier, more beautiful smile. It also promotes a good quality of life.

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