7 Worrying Health Issues Caused By Bad Oral Health / Teeth
You do not want to hear from your physician to go visit a dentist whilst looking at your health reports. Oral damages are reversible, but health damages due to oral insanitary are permanent.
The way the rest of your body organs are affected by virus invasion, your mouth on the other hand gets teemed by bacterial infection. When these infections do not stay intact in the mouth and begin spreading in the body by entering the digestive and respiratory tract, health-related issues start occurring.
Dental issues that could lead to health complications:
- Ulcers, or tender areas in the mouth that last over 2 weeks.
- Swollen gums that lead to bleeding after brushing or flossing.
- Bad breath.
- Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold drinks.
- Receding gums.
- Pain while chewing.
- Swollen cheeks or jaw.
- Clicking of the jaw.
- Cracked or chipped teeth.
- Experiencing dry mouth.
If any of the above symptoms are accompanied by a high fever, seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
7 Health issues because of bad teeth:
Diabetes is most likely to occur due to bad teeth and holds the strongest connection between digestive health and your teeth. When the inflammation in your mouth begins because of the presence of bacteria, the immune system of your body is diminished which weakens the ability of the body to control the blood sugar level. Insulin is the hormone responsible to convert sugar into energy. When this hormone is not produced enough, high sugar levels are peaked.
Diabetes and periodontal diseases have a two-way relationship. Periodontal diseases complicate diabetes because oral inflammation impairs the body’s utilization of insulin. In the same way, high sugar levels complicate periodontal diseases by increasing the blood sugar levels for the bacteria around the gums as teeth consist of arteries that supply blood. This further gives rise to gum infection and tooth decay.
2. Cardiovascular diseases.
Cardiovascular diseases and periodontal diseases go hand in hand because the blood vessels passing in the mouth at the gums and teeth are coming right from the heart. When these blood vessels are inflamed due to infection of the gums, there are high chances this infection can proceed to the heart.
It is the same with plaque and tartar. When plaque is developed at the gum lining, the gums bleed. Through these broken blood vessels, a small amount of plaque and tartar can enter the blood vessels and proceed towards the arteries of the heart which then inflame. Inflamed blood vessels pass less blood to travel to the heart thereby increasing blood pressure. There is also a risk of this fatty plaque breaking the wall of a blood vessel and traveling to the heart or the brain causing heart attack or other brain complications like a stroke or dementia.
As mentioned above when the infected blood caused due to oral complications arrives in the brain, it contaminates the blood cells in the brain that leads to complications. Often when the brain is left with less blood due to blockage at the blood vessels, the brain is left with a lack of nutrients that can lead to memory loss, also known as – Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Often lack of blood supply in the brain leads to stroke and the plaque accumulation in the blood vessels leads to blood clots in the brain.
4. Pregnancy complications.
When you are pregnant, the blood flowing in your blood vessels in the same blood that enters the blood vessels of the fetus that goes around its body. When you, the mother, are suffering from inflammation and infection of the gums, this develops an interference in the development of the fetus in the womb.
The chances of the mother developing an oral infection are more likely because of the imbalanced hormonal changes. Hence, it is recommended to get a complete oral check-up done during your early 1st trimester and learn how to take care of your teeth throughout the pregnancy.
Osteoporosis – bone loss. When you experience jaw pain that is related to your tooth pain, you are likely losing the calcium deposition at your jaw. Along with this, you are eventually going to experience loss of bone or calcium in other parts of your body as well. This is because your body recognizes the deprived calcium composition in your jaw due to oral infection and begins to neglect other bones of the body and increases the deposition of calcium at the jawbone. It is also found in research that inflammation caused in the mouth due to periodontitis could weaken the bone in the other parts of the body. This can also lead to Rheumatoid Arthritis.
6. Respiratory Diseases.
When you are suffering from periodontal diseases, the bacteria at the gum line enter the bloodstream and you tend to exchange this contaminated blood in the lungs that cause respiratory diseases like pneumonia and respiratory tract infection.
You must visit a dentist at the earliest as breathing in bacteria from the decayed teeth could lead to some serious consequences.
7. Problems of Sex organs.
Periodontal diseases share a link with sex organs-related issues – Erectile dysfunction and infertility in women.
An erection is achieved when the flow of blood to the blood vessels of the penis is active. With the deposition of plaque and tartar in the blood vessels, the blood flow is irregular that can lead to difficulties in achieving an erection.
The same applies to women. Due to insufficient flow of blood or due to contaminated blood flow to the ovaries, the egg leaving the ovaries is not well nourished which can lead to infertility or difficulty in conceiving a child.
Visit a dentist today to know what the status of your oral health is and if any of the ongoing health conditions are a cause of your oral health.
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