Many are aware of a "mind-body connection," however you may have never heard of a "mouth-body connection. " Time and time again research has shown that oral health can have a significant impact on overall body health. Taking good care of your teeth not only improves your smile and oral health, but it also prevents health issues that can develop anywhere in the body.
Naturally, our mouths are abundant with bacteria. These bacteria are normal and harmless, however, once sugar or alcohol is added into the mix these bacteria can turn acidic. If the acid is not brushed and flossed away they can cause cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and even periodontitis, a dangerous gum infection that can spread to other parts of the body if not treated.
The trained professionals at Grillo Dental will be able to help you keep your teeth beautiful and hygienic to avoid any health risks.
Risks of Poor Oral Hygiene on the Body
Heart Disease: Heart Attacks, Strokes, and Endocarditis
If you don't brush and floss your teeth everyday plaque can start to build up. While cholesterol is the main source of blocked arteries, the American Heart Foundation found that oral plaque bacteria also plays a part in blocked arteries. The plaque can end up in the bloodstream, clot inside an artery, and cause a heart attack or stroke. Endocarditis, an infection of the heart chambers or valves, can also occur when the bacteria in the bloodstream reaches the heart.
Gum disease can worsen diabetes by causing infections that make it difficult for your body to absorb insulin. This causes higher than normal blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
Create Good Habits
Taking care of your teeth and gums is a great goal to set for your health. Keeping up with daily brushing and flossing will help you avoid gum disease that can negatively impact your overall health. For more guidance on how to properly care for your oral health, contact Grillo Dental today.