You may have heard your dentist talk about the mouth-body connection and wondered what on earth it was. In short, the mouth-body connection encompasses the affects your oral health has on your overall health. If your mouth is unhealthy, then your body may have an increased risk for developing certain diseases as a result. The mouth-body connection can occur through some of the following:
- Oral infections like gum (periodontal) disease can create problems for diabetics. These infections disrupt blood sugar levels, making them harder to control.
- Bacteria from periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream, spreading infection and causing other problems throughout the body. Some of these problems include cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even an increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- If you have had teeth extracted, then your jaw bone will shrink with time. The loss of bone tissue in the jaw has been linked with additional osteoporosis problems.
- Pregnant women who develop gum disease may experience birth complications like premature birth or low birth weight. This happens because gum disease can increase the biological fluids that induce labor.
- If you have an oral infection, then you are more likely to breathe harmful bacteria into your lungs. This can cause respiratory infections like pneumonia.
If you would like to learn more about the mouth-body connection, then call our dentist today.