Importance of oral health and hygiene: Mouth-Body Connection
Taking care of the body is important and so is your oral health. Researchers have found that oral health is vital for your overall well-being. Proper oral care prevents multiple diseases related to the teeth and gums. Mouth is also a part of your body and it is associated with the overall health.
Your oral health might contribute to several diseases which might include:
It refers to the inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, which is also known as Endocardium. Its symptoms are not severe. It develops over a period of time. Mostly it goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are very similar to a common illness such as – pale skin, fever,night sweats, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea etc.
Pregnancy and Birth
Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the supporting tissues of the teeth. It is linked to premature birth and low birth weight of the infants. It is also known as â€œPreterm Delivery of Low-Birth-Weight Infants” in which the babyâ€™s weight is lesser than 2500 grams at the time of birth. Though the percentage of babies in this category are about 6-7 %, these babies account for two-third of all the neonatal deaths. According to the latest study, 18% such cases are attributable to periodontal diseases.
Oral and Facial Pain
A recent study from the office of Surgeon General has found that infections of gums and teeth are responsible for facial and oral pain. Facial and oral pains are usually dull, severe or chronic. It can happen on both or one side of the face or jaws. In most of the cases, a dental abscess could be the cause of the facial and oral pain. It could be due to tooth decay, broken teeth or even excessive brushing your teeth.
It has been found that oral problems give rise to digestion problems. Mouth problems can cause intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders. Mouth and oral problems can affect your appendix, stomach, small intestine and colon.
Scientists have found traces of gum bacteria in the knees of their patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. These bacterias can make the situation worse for the patients.
Oral bacterias also affect the respiratory system. When you inhale, these bacterias find a way to your respiratory system. It can also cause bronchitis and pneumonia.