Mouth - Body Connection

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Mouth - Body Connection

Good oral hygiene does more than just giving you a beautiful smile. A healthy mouth goes hand and hand with a healthy body. Proper oral hygiene has been shown to reduce the risk of serious diseases and perhaps even preserving your memory in golden years according to recent scientific evidence.  
There is research that suggests a number of issues that can occur from periodontal disease. That there is a connection between mouth and body.  
It boosts your mental health by promoting good self-esteem and self-confidence. Periodontal disease is often associated with not only unsightly teeth and mouth but bad breath such as halitosis. With a healthy mouth free from gum disease and cavities, one can experience a better quality of life. Food can be eaten properly and taste better. Concentration levels are higher as a result of not having infections or aching teeth and your sleep can be less interrupted.

The Connection

May lower the risk of heart disease. Cardiovascular problems like heart disease, strokes and blockages and periodontal disease have been shown to be linked. Although experts stop short of saying that there are a cause and effect between periodontal disease and serious health problems, the link has been shown in numerous studies.
A link between periodontal disease and memory loss has been shown in numerous studies. People with periodontal disease, more specifically gingivitis, have lower test scores and cognitive skill scores than those people that have healthy gums and mouths, according to a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. People with gingivitis were more likely to be shown to have delayed verbal recall and subtraction. Periodontal disease increases the risk of infection and inflammation in the body. Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Experts say that the destruction of connective tissues in gum disease is similar to that in rheumatoid arthritis.
It has been shown that periodontal disease has implications for diabetic conditions. A research study showed that people with pre-existing diabetic conditions are likely to have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has also been shown to increase blood sugar levels making it difficult to control the amount of glucose in the blood, leading to diabetic complications. As well, diabetes can make it harder for the mouth to get rid of excess sugar resulting in an increased risk of periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease Theories

There have been studies to suggest that good oral health helps pregnant women carry a baby to term. Research suggests that gum disease can result in preterm, low birth weight infants.
Theories exist that make a connection between heart disease and periodontitis. These theories suggest that oral bacteria attach themselves to the coronary arteries when entering the bloodstream, contributing to the narrowing of the arteries and blood clot formation increasing the risk of a heart attack.
A second theory that the bacteria from periodontal disease causes a significant plaque build-up. The plaque build-up can lead to swelling of the arteries thereby worsening pre-existing heart conditions. An article published in the American Academy of Periodontology suggests that the body's reaction to periodontal bacteria increases the risk of heart disease.
Periodontal disease has also been associated with respiratory issues. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease has possibly caused or has worsened conditions such as COPD, emphysema, and pneumonia. As well, bacteria can be drawn into the lower respiratory tract during the course of normal inhalation and colonize; causing bacterial infections. If you have any questions or concerns regarding periodontal disease, gum disease or any other oral infections, please contact us.