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Did you know that the health of your mouth is connected to the health of your body? This makes brushing your teeth every morning and evening a little more important than just making sure your teeth are clean!
Ongoing research is showing that the health of your mouth reflects the health of your body and can actually influence your likelihood of getting a disease.
Here is why you should keep your mouth healthy:
This is a substance that attaches itself to your teeth on a daily basis. If left it reacts with the bacteria in your mouth to create an acid; this acid will eat the enamel on your teeth; slowly destroying it.
Excess plaque can then attack your gum lines, causing bleeding and gum disease.
The result of damaged enamel is eventually tooth decay. The enamel protects the softer inside of your teeth. Without enamel your tooth can start to decay, resulting in nerve damage and cavities. You’ll need to get the space cleaned at a Family Dental Station and filled as soon as possible to protect your teeth and gums.
It is important to note that in the past fillings were made of amalgam. This has been shown t be bad for your health; if you have any then you should look into amalgam removal.
The Link Between Your Mouth And Your Health
Scientists have discovered that losing teeth when you’re older increases the chances of dementia in old age!
It is believed that the nerves by your teeth become inflamed when you have gum disease. This inflammation is capable of travelling along the nerves which are directly connected to the brain. The inflammation then causes damage to the brain resulting in Alzheimer’s or similar neurodegenerative conditions.
Infections in your mouth are not normally able to travel between your mouth and the rest of your body. However, if you have invasive dental surgery or even gum disease you can open a pathway for the infections to enter your body.
In most cases, this is not an issue. However, if your immune system is weakened from fighting an illness or cancer treatment then the infection can take hold elsewhere in your body.
The result can be infective endocarditis which is when bacteria enter your bloodstream and stick to the lining of a diseased heart valve.
- Heart Problems
It has also been found that oral inflammation is linked with clogged arteries and the development of blood clots. The bacteria in your mouth can cause inflammation across your body if you’re immune system is already weakened.
There is even research that shows people with gum disease are more at risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Preterm Birth
Research suggests that mothers with bad gum disease are likely to give birth early. This is because the bacteria in your mouth enter your blood stream and release toxins.
These toxins interfere with the growth and the development of the unborn baby. The same bacteria also trick your body into thinking it’s time to give birth; even though it’s too early.
Creating good oral health habits doesn’t just ensure you keep your teeth; it can actually help you to stay healthy as you age!