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Your Oral Health Can Affect Your Overall Wellness

We brush our teeth and schedule sporadic check-up appointments because we dread gum disease or our front teeth are getting discolored and we want to fix that. Well, these may not be the best reasons for going to the dentist. According to studies, you could be doing your whole body a favor by going to the dentist regularly. Poor oral hygiene has been associated with a range of diseases, most of which would cause you substantial agony and cost you a lot more money than a yearly trip to the dentist.

Whether or not you have experienced dental problems before, having your teeth checked regularly is not a complete waste of time. Gum disease, cavities, and many other issues start in the most subtle ways and spread gradually. You may never know what’s lurking between your first and second molars. Dentists can identify the most indistinct hints to diagnose or foresee a dental crisis waiting to happen, so consider seeing one even when you are feeling healthy.

For cases that have already blown up such as severe tooth damage, an appointment with the dentist is still the way to go. Dentists, for decades, have used crowns, filings, dentures, and dental implants to restore the structure and functioning of damaged teeth. If you are planning to get an implant, according to ActOn Implants, you should look into the different implant options available.

Let’s have a look at some of the diseases that have been linked to oral health issues:

Cardiovascular Disease: According to studies, the bacteria present in gums affected by periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and irritate arteries. Accumulation of arterial plaque caused by this irritation may cause artery hardening and decreased flow of blood, a common culprit behind heart attack cases.

Diabetes: Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by slow-healing wounds, blurred vision, weight loss or gain, kidney problems, fatigue and excessive hunger or thirst. It is known to weaken the body’s immune system, and your gums may be exposed to gingivitis as a result. Untreated gingivitis causes gum disease.

If you have mild gum disease that doesn’t seem to go away with antibiotics, there is a chance, albeit small, that diabetes is the culprit behind it. Remember, diabetes doesn’t show obvious symptoms and its presence may not be all that easy to detect. By having your mouth, gums, and teeth checked for periodontal disease, you are making it possible for the doctor to potentially catch and diagnose the underlying diabetes.

Thyroid disease: There is no direct connection between thyroid disease and poor oral hygiene. Thyroid disease is caused by adrenal fatigue, which is caused by high stress levels. Recent studies show that there is a link between unresolved dental problems and adrenal fatigue and stress. Failure to brush and floss your teeth daily or go for professional teeth-cleaning at least twice in a year could thus be putting you at risk for thyroid disease.

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