A variety of diseases and conditions can be linked to your oral health, including:
Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves that occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through the bloodstream and attach to specific areas of the heart.
Diseases of the heart and blood vessels
Although the link is not fully understood, some research suggests that inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria may be linked to heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke.
Pregnancy and childbirth complications
Premature birth and low birth weight are linked to periodontitis.
Bacteria from the mouth can enter the lungs and cause pneumonia and other respiratory problems.
Oral health can be affected by a variety of factors, including:
Diabetes causes gingivitis by lowering the body’s resistance to infections. Gum disease appears to be more prevalent and severe in diabetics.
Gum disease patients have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, according to research. Diabetes control can be improved with regular periodontal care.
Periodontal bone loss and tooth loss are linked to this bone-weakening disease. Some osteoporosis medications have a small risk of causing damage to the jaw bones.
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia
As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, oral health begins to deteriorate.
Eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers, and Sjögren’s syndrome, an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth, are all conditions that may be linked to oral health.
Inform your dentist about any medications you’re taking and any changes in your overall health, particularly if you’ve recently been sick or have a chronic condition like diabetes.