Many studies conclude the relationship between dental diseases and health problems.
What common diseases can originate in the mouth?
Pathogens and bacteria found in the mouth not only can cause oral cancer, gum disease, tooth loss, tooth decay or bad breath, but are also related to other types of diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, heart attack and strokes. Many medical problems can be prevented and solved taking care of the mouth. Any inflammation in the mouth affects the rest of the body, and tissue inflammation can be the cause of heart problems, rheumatoid arthritis and heart attacks.
How does periodontal disease affect general health?
For example, a heart attack can be caused by an inflammation produced by pathogens related to periodontal disease. These pathogens destroy the tissues of the mouth, then attack the bone and finally they spread to the rest of the body, causing a possible infection in a knee or even a brain aneurysm. This disease is also related to diabetes because bacteria in the mouth that produce it can also cause our body to react worse to insulin, a typical symptom of type 2 Diabetes.
How can mouth diseases be treated?
The best solution to problems such as periodontal disease and other diseases of the mouth is prevention and hygiene. It is advisable to brush your teeth after every meal, including in your daily hygiene the use of floss and mouthwash. In the same way, it is advisable to frequently visit the dentist in order to regularly check the condition of our teeth. If periodontal disease has already developed in our mouth, it will require a control treatment such as scaling and root planing if the disease is not widespread.
As a conclussion, any oral problem can have overall health consequences if not treated at the right time and in the right way. You can read more about it in this article by Dr. Jordan Colby. A healthy mouth is important in order to have a healthy body.