For some of us, taking care of our teeth is routine. And that’s a good thing. For others, getting into the habit of brushing and flossing, or even seeing your dentist regularly, is a bit harder. But, you may not know that keeping your teeth healthy may also be improving your overall health. Keep reading to learn what else brushing and flossing is doing to keep your health intact, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Who would have thought that our teeth could affect our hearts? Unfortunately, it’s true. Our bodies are made up of interconnected parts and systems that influence and affect each other. Case in point, the bacteria that comes from gum inflammation and disease can actually move from your mouth to other parts of your body. Sometimes, this bacteria can be moved through the blood and cause hardening of the arteries in your heart. This can then lead to increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Did you know that the bacteria that comes as a result of gingivitis can move through nerve channels, too? This harmful bacteria can reach the brain through nerves or the bloodstream, where it may influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Some studies explore the connection between gum disease and lung infections, such as pneumonia. By breathing in the bacteria that is sitting on your teeth, your lungs can be affected by damaging contact with it.
Frustratingly, inflammation of the gum tissue and periodontal disease can make it harder to control your blood sugar. If you have diabetes, you are statistically more susceptible to periodontal disease. It’s a vicious cycle that requires more management. Take care of your health to help manage side effects and prevent further issues.
If you don’t take care of your teeth, there will be repercussions in the health of your mouth. You can see an uptick in the amount of cavities you have, gum disease, or even root canals to repair damaged teeth. By not taking care of your teeth, you can be setting yourself up for pain and expensive treatments.
Take care of your teeth and keep your health intact.
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