Did you know that the health of your mouth impacts more than just the cavities that develop? Your oral health significantly influences your overall physical health, more than most people realize. By taking steps to protect your teeth and gums, you can also prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and multiple other dangerous health problems.
Oral Bacteria Leads to Cardiovascular Disease
Bacteria builds up in the mouth when you don’t effectively brush and floss. Poor eating habits also encourage sugar and acid to build up along your teeth and gums. All of this bacteria can enter your bloodstream and travel to the arteries of your heart.
Bacteria is extremely dangerous when it travels through your body. It can cause the arteries to harden in a condition known as atherosclerosis, which leads to decreased blood flow through the body and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Bacteria can also trigger an infection anywhere in the body, and untreated that infection can cause disease or death.
Poor Oral Health Is Connected to Diabetes
When the gum tissue in your mouth becomes inflamed due to periodontal disease, the body has a harder time controlling blood sugar. This can trigger diabetes symptoms and make existing symptoms even worse. The good news is that diabetes can be naturally controlled and even reversed with healthy habits.
Brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly are three quick and simple ways to protect your oral health and prevent chronic health issues.
If you need help restoring your oral health and combating harmful dental problems, just call (727) 321-4464 to make an appointment at Obrochta Center for Dental Health in St. Petersburg. Dr. Stephen Obrochta is a highly-trained dental specialist who will evaluate your mouth and gums and recommend the best course of action to help you regain your health.