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Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
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Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

The mouth is the window to the body

Did you know that 90% of diseases affecting your body can have signs and symptoms in your mouth? Meaning your mouth can give clues about your overall health. In the same way, diseases in your mouth can actually affect your general health…Hence the term “THE MOUTH IS THE WINDOW TO THE BODY”

Several studies have shown that the bacteria in our mouth and severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis might play a role in the development of some systemic diseases and certain diseases such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS can lower the immune system and cause severe oral health problems.

 

CONDITIONS AFFECTING ORAL HEALTH

Diabetes

Gum disease is quite common in people who have diabetes and can be quite severe. This is because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection thus putting the gums at risk. Signs of gum disease include gum bleeding, swollen puffy gums or even loose teeth that might even fall off on their own.

HIV/AIDS

As this also affects the immune system, problems such as oral sores, mouth thrush and signs of cancers associated with HIV/AIDS such as Karposi Sarcoma can all be detected in the mouth.

OSTEOPOROSIS

This disease weakens bones and is linked with loss of bone in the jaw leading to loosening of teeth and tooth loss. At the same time some drugs used to treat Osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw

Dry Mouth Secondary to drugs

Certain medications, such as decongestants, anti-histamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants can reduce saliva flow. This may increase the risk of developing cavities because saliva is needed to wash away food and neutralise acids produced by bacteria in the mouth which cause tooth decay.

 

YOUR ORAL HEALTH MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO THE FOLLOWING DISEASES

Endocarditis

This infection of the inner lining of the heart’s chambers of valves typically occurs when bacteria from other parts of your body travel through the bloodstream to the heart. This can occur with people who have severe gum disease and severe tooth decay that becomes an abscess that can spread to the bloodstream.

Premature Birth and Low Birth Weight

Studies have shown a link between severe gum disease and preterm low birth weight. Some studies have shown that having gum disease whilst you are pregnant may predispose you to premature labour.

Cardiovascular Disease

Although the connection is not fully understood, some research suggests that heart disease may be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria cause

 

So as you can see, visiting the dentist important for early detection of signs of systemic disease as well as to prevent the development of systemic diseases.

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