25 Oct 3 Organs Your Oral Health Can Affect
When you’re feeling tired, getting up to brush your teeth can feel like an impossible task. Often, we skip brushing entirely, thinking, “I’ll just brush a little better tomorrow morning.”
But brushing and flossing does more than keep your teeth healthy. The health of your mouth helps prevent disease and keep your most crucial organs healthy. Here are a three body systems and how your mouth affects them.
When you don’t remove food and plaque from your mouth, you allow bacteria to accumulate. This bacterium can enter your bloodstream through your mouth and make its way into your arteries. Within the arteries, the bacteria can build up plaque and harden, blocking blood flow. This is otherwise known as heart disease.
Heart disease can result in a heart attack, and the damage to your arteries and blood vessels can lead to hypertension and increase your risk of a stroke. Endocarditis can also develop, which is a condition that infects the lining of the heart.
Oral bacteria that you don’t brush away can also enter your lungs and cause damage. Bacteria can reach your lungs and bloodstream when you breathe. This can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
An unhygienic mouth can have detrimental effects on your brain, too. When gums are inflamed by infection, they release bacteria that through the bloodstream can reach your brain and harm brain cells. Diseases that result from loss of brain cells often include memory disorders, changes in personality, and diminished reasoning. These diseases can include:
- Short-term memory loss
- Alzheimer’s disease
In addition to your heart, lungs, and brain, poor oral hygiene can also affect your digestive health and glucose levels resulting in diabetes and diseases related to bowel and intestinal failure.
We don’t mention these complications to scare you. It’s easy to forget how you treat your teeth and mouth can affect your whole body. Oral hygiene is just a small part of your everyday routine that can have huge impacts on your overall health.
Remember to brush daily, floss regularly, and keep up with your regular dental appointments, and this will keep your whole body happy.