Are Your Teeth Making You Sick? Top 3 Ways To Know

Just because you see a dentist for oral health and a physician for physical health does not mean the two systems are not inter-connected. Yet most people do not understand the connection between taking care of their teeth and being healthier overall. Fortunately, these top five indications can help you get a better idea of what is making you sick.

1. You are sick more often than you would like to be.

Mouths are teaming with bacteria, most of which is harmless and kept in check by your body’s immune system. However, poor oral care can allow that bacteria to grow unchecked causing periodontal (gum) disease and additional complications. This is not the only type of illness that can be linked to poor oral care. Most viruses, including the common cold, are transmitted from hand to mouth – meaning you touch a surface with the virus then touch your mouth while the virus is still active. Regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings allow you to begin with a clean slate, free from not only errant bacteria that cause gum disease, but also bacteria and viruses that can make you sick.

2. You have Type I or Type II diabetes.

Studies have shown that people with Type I and Type II diabetes are more prone to periodontal disease. Likewise, those with periodontal disease and diabetes have a harder time controlling their blood sugar. Immune responses in the body tend to affect insulin absorption which, in turn, affect blood sugar levels. Patients with diabetes should be especially vigilant about their oral care routine, including seeing a dentist, if they hope to maintain their overall health.

3. You have heart problems.

Endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart, occurs when bacteria enter the blood stream and attach themselves to the heart, causing damage to it. One of the most common ways this happens is through bacteria that began in the mouth. While the condition can happen to anyone, those with diagnosed heart problems should be especially protective about their oral health.
With studies showing connections between oral care and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory problems, and pregnancy, the solution to these problems is as simple as establishing a regular oral care routine including brushing, flossing and regular visits to a dentist. Fortunately, the dentists at Lowry Dental are acquainted not only with the science of oral health, but also how it can affect your overall physical health. Call today for a consultation or to schedule your dental cleaning.

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