How Oral Health Affects Overall Wellness

Did you know that failing to follow a proper oral care routine can have negative consequences on the rest of your body? Believe it or not, your mouth, teeth and gums can have a substantial impact on far-away organs, like your kidney and heart. Here’s how:

Kidney function

Periodontal disease, aka gum disease, can have severe impacts in very advanced forms. U.S. News & World Report cites a study presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week last year in which researchers found a link between gum disease and kidney disease. Of the group studied, those with severe periodontal disease developed chronic kidney disease four times faster than those without.

Cardiovascular disease

Poor oral health is also linked to heart disease. Colgate reports:

The bacteria from inflammation of the gums and periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and travel to the arteries in the heart and cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Atherosclerosis causes plaque to develop on the inner walls of arteries which thicken and this decreases or may block blood flow through the body.

The result is an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Gum disease can even cause the heart’s inner lining to become infected and inflamed, a condition known as endocarditis.

Diabetes

Those with diabetes have a lower resistance to infection, putting their gums at risk. Researchers have found that gum disease is more frequent and severe in people with diabetes. Moreover, people who have been diagnosed with gum disease often have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar levels.

If you’re concerned about your dental health, turn to integratedDENTAL. Our expert team can diagnose, treat and manage all of your oral health care needs, including exams, cleanings, gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns and preventive education. Call us at 516.677.9010 to make an appointment.

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