Studies have shown that your oral health is connected to many other health conditions beyond your mouth. Often, the first sign of disease may show up in your mouth. When you have good oral health, not only are there positive effects on your overall health, but there is an increase in your confidence, self-esteem, and drive socially and professionally. However, when one’s oral health is poor, their quality of life is directly impacted. Oral discomfort, missing or broken teeth, or oral infection influence the ways one speaks, eats and socializes. Ultimately, reducing the quality of one’s physical, mental and social well-being.

The Connection

Normal bacteria found in your mouth is kept under control with good oral care such as brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist. Your saliva also contributes to bacterial and virus control. Some harmful bacteria can grow out of control and lead to gum disease or “periodontitis”.

Healthy gums will keep normal bacteria in your mouth and not allow it to enter your bloodstream. However, gum disease provides entry of bacteria into the bloodstream which may lead to other health problems

Health Maintenance and Prevention Of Disease

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily

  • Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth

  • Visit your dentist and hygienist routinely for check-up and cleaning appointments

  • Eat a healthy diet - avoiding excessive consumption of sugary and acidic foods

  • Do not smoke. If you do, ensure the maintenance of regular visits to the dentist

  • If pregnant, eat a healthy diet and maintain good oral health habits and routine visits to the dentist

  • Drink lots of water to hydrate and cleanse your mouth

Health Conditions

Cardiovascular Disease
  • Adult gum disease may increase the risk of clotting problems in the cardiovascular system which can put you at risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Pregnancy & Birth
  • Gum disease is linked to premature birth and low birth weights

  • It is vital to maintain optimal oral health before and during pregnancy

Osteoporosis
  • First stages of bone loss may show up in your teeth

  • Gum disease is related to a reduction in bone mass and tooth loss

Diabetes
  • Gum disease can disrupt diabetic control causing blood sugar to rise

  • Diabetics have a higher risk of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, dry mouth and other oral infections

  • Smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by twenty times

Respiratory Infections
  • Inhaling bacteria from the mouth and throat can lead to pneumonia

  • Plaque buildup on teeth creates dangerous bacteria that can be inhaled into the lungs

HIV/AIDS
  • Ulcers, dry mouth, and painful lesions are common symptoms

  • Severe gum infection may be one of the first signs of AIDS