Oral health is the mirror that defines your general health status and wellbeing. Poor oral and dental conditions not only lead to dental cavities, gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis but also influences your systemic conditions. These oral diseases has also found to be linked with diabetes, heart diseases or cancer
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a responsibility for lifetime. Nurturing proper oral hygiene habits include brushing, flossing, and limiting your sugar intake.
Oral health issues shouldn’t be ignored as it leads to serious health issues. Indication of dental problems are as follows:
– ulcers, sores, or tender areas in the mouth that won’t heal within a week
– bleeding or swollen gums after brushing or flossing
– chronic bad breath
– sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or beverages -pain or toothache
– receding gums
– pain with chewing or biting
– swelling of the face and cheek
– cracked or broken teeth
– frequent dry mouth
Ignorance of oral health can lead to serious health issues all over our body.
We have enlisted 5 health risks instigated by poor oral health:
Effects on Cardiovascular health
As per World Health Organization, 31% of all deaths globally are due to cardiovascular diseases. Gum inflammation, Particularly Periodontitis which is a common chronic inflammatory condition characterized by destruction of the tooth supporting structures due to bacterial infection has been shown to raise your risk of heart disease and stroke. This is thought to be because gum disease increases the inflammation throughout your body, which is known to lead to cardiovascular disease. Studies suggest one in every three individuals in India is affected by periodontal disease.
Oral health and Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent disorders in India. It is a chronic disease that occurs when either the pancreas is unable to produce required amount of insulin to contain the blood glucose level or the body is unable to utilize the secreted insulin. There is a bidirectional relationship established between Diabetic and periodontitis typically called as pyorrhoea. That is diabetic people are prone to periodontitis and at the same time a person suffering from periodontitis is equally prone to diabetes. So it can be easily said that good collaboration between diabetic doctors and dentists is required to avoid or address possible complications of diabetes in the oral cavity.
Air flows through your mouth and into your lungs while respirating. If there is an unhealthy number of bad bacteria in your mouth, this bacterium can easily find their way into your lungs and cause pneumonia or other respiratory problems. This can even become a life-threatening problem for the elderly people. Routine dental checkup and management of bacterial activities in oral cavity is a most to check any kind of underlying problem.
Effect on Pregnancy
Pregnant women with progressive gum disease are more likely to develop gestational diabetes, deliver pre-term or have a low-birth-weight baby. Babies born pre-term or with a low birth weight have a higher risk of complications including developmental problems, asthma, ear infections, birth abnormalities, behavioral difficulties and may have a higher risk of infant death. Pregnant women should take extra care of their oral health to avoid chances of such pregnancy issues.
Tongue is covered with tiny bumps, called papillae. The surface of tongue can hold a lot of bacteria. Trapped germs on the tongue can lead to bad breath and affect your sense of taste. The bacteria can travel to other parts of your mouth and even inside your body and can cause serious illness.
These are just a few lists of ailments whose root cause is poor oral health. You must get yourself diagnosed for any oral health issues. We at Global Dentals encourage you to have a regular dental checkup at least once in six months to establish your proper oral health status and avoid any complications associated with it.