Does poor oral health affect your body?

October 31, 2018

Our mouth serves as a window for the entire body. Oral health involves every single aspect of our body. But most of us end up taking it for granted. Here are some medical conditions that can be exaggerated due to bad oral health.

Pregnancy

Statistics suggest that 18 out of 100 premature births occur due to periodontal disease. The chronic infection of gums can be extremely bad in a long run. The bacteria from a mother’s mouth can be transmitted through blood and amniotic fluid in the womb to the fetus. This leads to complications such as premature delivery, low birth weight and infection to the baby.

Cardiac Disease & Stroke

Bacteria from diseased gums can contribute to the formation of artery-clogging plaques and infective endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart). If it is left untreated, it could lead to a fatal infection.

Diabetes

People suffering from type 2 diabetes are more prone to gums infection. The infection elevates blood sugar levels by resisting insulin, which makes diabetes harder to control.

Digestion Problems

Bacteria present in the mouth are carried with food and water in our digestive system. This often leads to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders.

How to maintain better oral health?

  1. Maintain routine care with your dentist including cleaning.
  2. Uphold good oral hygiene with brushing twice a day, and flossing at least once a day.
  3. Eat a balanced diet and cut down the sugary food.
  4. Strictly avoid cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol consumption.

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Author Bio: Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali is the Co-Founder and Chief Dental Surgeon at DentalDost. A recipient of the Pierre Fauchard International Merit Award, she is a holistic dentist who believes that everyone should have access to oral healthcare, irrespective of class and geography. She strongly believes that tele-dentistry is the way to achieve that. Dr. Vidhi has also spoken at various dental colleges, addressing the dental fraternity about dental services and innovations. She is a keen researcher and has published various papers on recent advances in dentistry.

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