Your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body. Bacteria of all kinds are present in your mouth. While some are benign, others may pose a threat to your health. Maintaining a daily oral hygiene routine and visiting the dentist regularly can help keep your mouth free of harmful bacteria. Poor oral health has shown to be negatively impacting the 3 common ailments listed below.
Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes, and the disease can have many complications associated with it. Many patients have shown a connection between diabetes and gum disease. Oral health problems often increase in frequency for patients with diabetes as they are less able to combat the infection. Gingivitis and periodontitis are more common because these patents are at a higher risk of bacterial infection. Gum disease can also affect blood glucose levels, potentially putting a patient with diabetes at a higher risk.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):
RA is an autoimmune disease that affects 1.5 million people in the US alone. This chronic inflammatory disorder affects joints and is caused by the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues. Patients with RA are more likely to suffer from gum disease and periodontitis. According to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, patients with periodontal issues have been shown to have nearly twice the risk of developing RA.
Once bacteria enters your blood stream through your mouth, it can travel through your body and affect other areas. Malignant bacteria settling into a patient’s lungs can cause conditions like bronchitis and pneumonia. Other existing issues such as emphysema and pulmonary disease can be exacerbated by invading bacteria.
If you are concerned that your poor oral health might be putting you at risk, please contact us today. Our dedicated team will be happy to provide you with a treatment plan and prevention tips based on your health.