What serious health conditions are linked to your oral health?
Your oral health might affect or be affected by a number of diseases and health conditions, including:
- Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. At the same time, gum inflammation interferes with your body’s ability to make effective use of insulin. Serious gum disease appears to be more common and severe among people with diabetes. Research also shows that people with gum disease have less control over their blood sugar levels.
- Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and porous — periodontal bone loss may be an early indicator.
- Heart disease. Research has found that gum inflammation is linked to clogged arteries because of the proportion of dead white blood cells that make up arterial plaque. .
- Pregnancy and birth. Gum disease has been linked to premature births and low birth weight.
- HIV/AIDS. Mucosal lesions are common in people with HIV/AIDS.
- Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria makes its way to the damaged areas of your heart from other from other places in your body. One of those places is your mouth.
- Alzheimer’s disease. Losing teeth before the age of 35 may be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
Always inform and update your dentist of any other health conditions you have and what medication you are taking – for example, diabetes or a heart condition.
World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is on 20 March. It is an international day to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health. Leeming Dental Centre care about your dental health and announce Wold Oral health Day to Perth communities.
To protect your oral health, practice good oral care and hygiene, remember to:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss once daily.
- Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugary and starchy snacks.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly.
- Attend regular dental appointments.
Also, contact your dentist as soon you experience an oral health issue.
By taking care of your oral health, you are investing in your total health and well-being.