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Unhealthy Teeth Can Lead to Body Infections


Posted on 12/15/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Unhealthy Teeth Can Lead to Body InfectionsOral health is now regarded as crucial for overall health. Unhealthy mouth, teeth, and gums can lead to health issues. Bacteria present in our mouth can find their way to other organs can pose a serious health risk.

Health Risks from Unhealthy Teeth

Poor oral hygiene can lead to infections in the respiratory system. Oral bacteria thriving because of bleeding gums and infected teeth can find their way to the lungs or arrive there via the bloodstream. This can lead to respiratory issues such as pneumonia and bronchitis.

Bad oral hygiene can lead to a bad heart. Bacteria linked with periodontal disease can lead to a buildup of plaque in arteries. Over time, arteries harden leading to an obstruction in the flow of blood to the heart. A heart attack can follow. If the lining of the heart gets infected, it can lead to the potentially fatal endocarditis.

There appears to be a link between gingivitis and dementia. Bacteria that lead to inflamed gums can destroy brain cells, resulting in loss of memory.

Periodontitis and gingivitis in pregnant women put the health of mother and baby at risk. These oral conditions have been linked to premature births. Changes in hormones place pregnant women at higher risk of catching an oral disease. Hence, it's important that mothers-to-be practice good oral hygiene.

Good oral hygiene has also been linked with a woman's ability to conceive. Poor oral health and dental disease raise the risk of infertility in women. This is because gum disease is linked with a host of health conditions that make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant.

There's a link between chronic periodontal disease and erectile dysfunction. Bacteria linked with CPD can lead to inflammation of blood vessels. Inflamed blood vessels cannot supply blood to the genitals, hindering erections.

As you can see, your oral health is a very good marker of your body's overall wellbeing. If you wish to learn more about how to best take care of your teeth and gums, then we can guide you. Book an appointment today. Secure your health.
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