Healthy Mouth = Healthy Body
Research Shows Oral Health Impacts Systemic Health
Your mouth is more connected to the rest of your body than you might think. Many systemic health conditions show up in the mouth first and are linked to poor dental hygiene. Regular dental exams could help keep your whole body healthy.
The Health Risks Linked to Your Mouth
People with periodontal disease are 2x likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing as a result of periodontal bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through the gums. In fact, one study found that the presence of gum disease, cavities, and missing teeth are as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels.
Bone deterioration around the teeth leads to loosening and eventual tooth loss. 25% of US adults over 65 have lost all of their teeth.
95% of US adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease, and 1/3 have advanced periodontal disease that has lead to tooth loss.
Bacteria from periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs where it can aggravate respiratory system – especially in patients who already have respiratory problems.
High levels of disease-causing bacteria in the mouth can lead to clogging of the Carotid Artery and increased risk of stroke.
Lack of regular brushing and flossing leaves small food particles wedged between the teeth that collect bacteria and emit chemicals, like hydrogen sulfide-the same compound that gives rotten eggs their characteristic smell.
Periodontal bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, enflaming blood vessels and blocking blood flow to the genitals. In fact, men with periodontal disease are 7x more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men with good dental hygiene.