First thing some see when first meeting someone is a person’s smile. Vanity alone could contribute to why many are visiting their dentist more often. Sure, a great smile can make you look more attractive and give you more confidence, but did you know that those pearly whites could possibly be a window to your health overall? Yep, that’s right. Your mouth is a big indicator of many preexisting conditions and the sooner you know the better to help prevent any further issues.
Your mouth is packed full of bacteria. Some of the bacteria may be good and some bad. Proper oral hygiene keeps the bacteria maintained. If you neglect your oral hygiene then the bacteria levels could lead to gum disease or tooth decay. which could further lead to a host of other issues.
Some conditions become first apparent in the mouth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms. An example would be the lesions from some STDS, or thrush indicating fungus.
Aside from that, your mouth is also important because your saliva helps prevent some diseases and viruses. It contains enzymes that prevent bacteria growth. Bacteria growth is harmful because it can lead to plaque hardening, and eventually tooth decay.
Some prescriptions will reduce your saliva and dry out the mouth. If this happens, it is important to stay hydrated because, saliva helps bathe the teeth, and wash away food and acids helping to prevent factors leading to oral disease. The saliva in your mouth can be tested and used to detect cortisol levels, bone loss, and some cancers. Saliva can be used to test for hepatitis or HIV infection, toxins caused by the environment, as well as illegal drugs. Your mouth could potentially be an infection source. Gingivitis is a gum disease caused by not regularly flossing. The plaque builds up along the gumline and causes bacteria to gather between the teeth. Your gum tissue literally pulls away from the teeth allowing bacteria to enter your bloodstream through entries in the mouth created.
If your immune system is weakened, then oral bacteria may seep into your bloodstream. This process is called bacteremia. When this happens it can lead to you developing an infection in the body. One example would be infective endocarditis, in which bacteria enters your bloodstream and sticks to the lining of diseased heart valve.
There are quite a few conditions that are linked to oral health such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and even alzheimer’s disease. Supposedly, oral infections causes a lot of complication with other conditions.
Gum disease could affect diabetes patients. The infection could disrupt the blood sugar amount because of the bloods resistance to insulin. Inflammation is a symptom of periodontal disease. Inflammation usually indicates an underlying disease such as heart disease or arthritis. According to WebMD, gum disease may be linked to premature births. The list of how your oral health affects your body goes on and on. As you can see, your smile isn’t just for impressing others. It can be a key indicator for your health so take care of your teeth for a beautiful, healthy smile.