Healthy Gums, Healthy Body

Did you know that good oral care does more than just keep your pearly whites healthy? An abundance of recent research shows that along with brushing, daily flossing has a major impact on a persons overall health.

Bacteria found between the teeth can easily enter into the bloodstream whenever your gums bleed. Once this bacteria is in the bloodstream, it can cause serious health problems throughout the body. The following are examples of potential health risks due to bacteria from not properly caring for your oral health.

What Are The Health Risks?

*Stroke-Bacteria found in the mouth are shown to be the same bacteria in the fatty deposits lining the carotid arteries, making stroke risk higher.

*Heart Disease-Bacteria found in the bloodstream can combine with the platelets in the blood, causing blood clots. Blood clots are what lead to heart disease.

*Respiratory Disease-Bacteria from the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs causing chronic lung problems such as pneumonia and emphysema.

*Pancreatic Diabetes-Bacteria in the mouth causes inflammation of the gums. This inflammation makes diabetes harder to control. Also, men with gum disease have a 63% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

*Stomach Ulcers-Bacteria in the mouth travels to the stomach both causing and reinfecting existing ulcers.

*Osteoporosis-If gum disease progresses to the point of tooth loss, proper digestion and nutrient uptake, including calcium is affected.

*Arthritis-Due to bacteria causing inflammation in the body, there is a strong relationship between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

*Pre Term Births-Inflammation in the mouth from bacteria cause the body to release chemicals that are linked to pre-term birth. In fact, women with gum disease are 8 times more likely to give birth prematurely and therefore having low birth rate babies.

Along with brushing,consistent cleaning between the teeth is a necessity. Please ask us if flossing, waterpik use or toothpicking is right for you!