Sept. 17, 2013
There are plenty of us out there who LOATHE going to the dentist. However, do you know the true reason for making sure you make your appointments and go? Do you have any idea how important your oral health truly is? Its more than just losing teeth and being unattractive. Your oral health can affect your entire body, including and most importantly your heart.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are at least 7 diseases that can be avoided by just keeping your mouth healthy.
- “ Endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
- Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
- Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
- Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body's resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels.
- HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
- Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
- Alzheimer's disease. Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.”
What does oral health include you ask? Brush at least twice to three times and floss daily. Changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months is a good rule of thumb, but if you notice your bristles getting frayed sooner is better. Keep your diet clean and healthy. The final step is to be sure you get to see your dentist at least twice a year. If you are unable to make it to the dentist for financial reasons, contact Wayne Memorial Health Systems. They are able to work with you so you can get the care you need.