Can the health of your mouth make you sick? The answer is yes! Conditions in the body are related to conditions in the mouth. Inflammation and bacterial infections in the mouth and diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke are related. Periodontal (gum and bone) disease typically begins from bacteria growing around the teeth, causing an infection and triggering the body’s inflammatory response. The combined bacterial onslaught and inflammatory reaction can result in the destruction of the gum and bone around teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause:
- loose teeth
- exposed roots
- bad breath
Periodontal disease is a major factor in tooth loss for adults. Amazingly, this disease can exist in the early stages without any symptoms at all! Periodontal care and treatment alone will not cure diabetes or heart disease. These health issues have many components. For example, being overweight, smoking, family history, diet, exercise and the effect of medications all have an impact. However, by maintaining a healthy mouth and reducing oral inflammation, you will greatly contribute to reducing these common and very harmful health problems. Having your teeth professionally cleaned every 3-6 months will help you have a healthy mouth. A healthy mouth will make you a healthier person!