Throughout your life you’ve probably known that taking care of your teeth was important for your health but apart from knowing that dental care helps keep your teeth from rotting, do you know about the other ways that maintaining your oral health can help you have a more healthful life? Today, we will go over some of the ways that dental health helps your overall well-being. If you need a dentist for any reason, from a simple cleaning to a full-bridge replacement, call Dr. Nahel Yanni D.D.S. today. Conveniently located in East Brunswick, Dr. Yanni’s office is fully equipped to meet the dental care needs of your entire family.
The Role Bacteria Plays in Your Health
Your mouth, like many other parts of your body (including your skin and your digestive system), is full of bacteria. For the most part, these bacteria are harmless but when the delicate balance of your mouth is thrown off by anything from the food and drink you consume to illness or medication, things can start going wrong. If left untreated for too long, gum disease can become an issue as can tooth decay. Tooth decay and gum disease not only cause pain and the deterioration of your teeth and gums, but can also lead to a spread of harmful bacteria to the rest of your body.
Periodontitis, an infection caused by an accumulation of plaque on your teeth, can cause your gums to swell and become sore, loosen your teeth, and even cause tooth loss. In severe cases, unchecked periodontitis and bacterial movement from the mouth has been found to contribute to the following health ailments:
Premature birth and low birth rate: There is research that shows links between periodontitis and low birth weights in infants as well as premature births. It’s believed that bacteria from the mouth can move through the bloodstream and cause inflammation in other problems in the body, including inside of the uterus. Low birth weight has been linked to a number of significant health problems later in life including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and metabolic syndrome (a combination of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure).
Endocarditis: Another disease believed to be caused by the travel of bacteria from one part of your body to another, endocarditis attacks the inner lining of your heart. While the symptoms of endocarditis can set in slowly and aren’t necessarily severe, they can also come on very suddenly and can be quite dire. If left untreated, or in severe cases, heart failure can occur as well as damage to other internal organs and even stroke.
Cardiovascular disease: Heart disease and clogged arteries have been linked to the spread of bacteria through the blood. Cardiovascular disease increases the odds of heart attacks, stroke, aneurysms, and heart failure.
Poor dental health also has an affect on your self confidence. If you don’t smile as much as you’d like to because of your teeth, that can have a real, measurable effect on the quality of your life.
If you know that you are dealing with periodontitis or you’re worried that you might have it, please call us at Dr. Nahel Yanni’s dentist office today. We can make an appointment for you so that you can have your teeth checked out and cleaned. During the dental exam we will be able to identify any problems that you may have and then develop a plan to treat them. If you’re nervous about dental procedures, we offer sedation dentistry so that you can relax while receiving needed treatment. Call our East Brunswick office today for more information.