Healthy Changes—Dental Health, Part 2


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Did you know that oral health is an important factor in determining your overall health?  I knew that poor oral health had been linked to heart disease, but look at the Mayo Clinic's list of conditions that may be related to oral health…

  • Endocarditis. Gum disease and dental procedures that cut your gums may allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream. If you have a weak immune system or a damaged heart valve, this can cause infection in other parts of the body — such as an infection of the inner lining of the heart (endocarditis).
  • Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be linked to oral bacteria, possibly due to chronic inflammation from periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease.
  • Pregnancy and birth. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body's resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. In addition, people who have inadequate blood sugar control may develop more-frequent and severe infections of the gums and the bone that holds teeth in place, and they may lose more teeth than do people who have good blood sugar control.
  • HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
  • Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — may be associated with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
  • Alzheimer's disease. Tooth loss before age 35 may be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.
  • Other conditions. Other conditions that may be linked to oral health include Sjogren's syndrome — an immune system disorder — and eating disorders.

If the money factor doesn’t motivate you to get to the dentist, maybe this list will.

10 comments:

  1. This is why it's important to have regular check-ups. It helps you be aware of your medical condition.

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  2. There are even some cases where their severe dental health cost their lives. This, as far as I know, happened twice.

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  3. These are very informative. Thank you for sharing these with us. I didn't know poor oral health is related t heart disease.

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  5. I would like to add that unhealthy teeth can cause infections in the blood that can also cause sepsis if you don't clean your teeth.

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  6. Oral health is often overlooked, but is a vital part of general health. Thank you so much for this post.

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  7. I actually didn't know that poor oral health can cause heart disease. I'm glad you shared that information to us.

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  8. It is very important to maintain a good dental health to avoid these other illness that may directly or indirectly affected by it. Regular dental checkup is highly encouraged.

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  9. To protect your oral health, resolve to practice good oral hygiene every day.Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Floss daily. Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks. Schedule regular dental checkups.
    Also, watch for signs and symptoms of oral disease and contact your dentist as soon as a problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

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  10. Good oral hygiene is a must for every individual. It is true that poor dental care may result to a much more severe internal problems. A simple tooth ache and tooth decay may result to a much detrimental and life-threatening disease, endocarditis.

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