Taking care of your teeth and gums will, of course, give you better dental health. Did you know that it could also give you better overall health? Poor dental hygiene can affect many other parts of your body, causing health problems beyond cavities and gum disease.
Headaches: Dental problems are among a list of issues that can actually activate the pain-sensitive nerves that create what is known as a secondary headache. A toothache that is not treated can lead to the onset of migraine headaches or neck pain. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can also lead to stress headaches from clenched jaws or grinding teeth.
Preterm birth: Periodontitis, a serious gum disease that can lead to the loss of bone and tissue, has been linked to premature births and low weight babies. Toxins from the mother’s bloodstream, released by bacteria, may reach the placenta and directly impact the baby’s growth and development.
Diabetes: For people with diabetes, dental health is particularly critical for their overall health. Gum disease is a serious issue that can make diabetes more difficult to control as the infection affects the insulin’s ability to impact blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease and so must pay careful attention to their dental health.
Heart disease: The inflammation and bacteria created when gum disease or other dental issues are present in the mouth can lead to serious issues with the heart, including heart attack, endocarditis, stroke, and other heart disease. Bacteria from an unhealthy mouth can spread through the bloodstream to the heart, often causing these significant issues.
Good dental health is essential for your teeth and gums, as well as for the rest of your body. Effects of poor dental hygiene could range from a temporary headache to life-threatening heart disease. Brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist for a regular check-up and cleaning to ensure your good dental health!