Of Mouth and Body
Dr. Layth is here blogging today from Barrie, Ontario Canda to explain how bad oral hygiene has detrimental effects on not just the mouth, but the body as well. He also explains how dental implants can be a great solution for people with missing or unhealthy teeth to help restore their overall health. Did you know that taking proper care of your teeth and gums can lead to a longer and healthier life? Just as the eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth is the window to our physical bodies. By eating and drinking unhealthy substances and neglecting to clean them out afterward, we are introducing deadly toxins and chemicals to the entire body that can leave us with horrible and life- threatening diseases. When we treat all parts of the body with the respect that they deserve, they will reward us with long- lasting health.
When we allow bacteria to buildup in our mouths, we are inviting infection and decay. As a natural reaction, our immune system would then kick in and try to fight off the infection; however, this can cause our gums to be extremely stimulated and inflamed. Our immune system does not know any better unfortunately, but this inflammation is very painful and can easily lead to worse conditions and infections. The toxic chemicals that are released by the constant inflammation of the mouth will wreak havoc on our oral cavities; they will eat all of the bone and gum tissue away over a short period of time. This condition is called periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease. Keep in mind this contamination is not meant to occur and can be avoided with proper brushing and flossing of the teeth on a regular basis.
As if these reasons were not bad enough, neglect of the teeth and gums can even lead to diabetes by ruining the body’s capability of utilizing its insulin. Diabetes is known as a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood, or high blood glucose. When the body cannot maintain the control of blood sugar, the rate at which we get infections dramatically increases; this includes gum disease. Considering the already building bacterial infection that has started in the mouth, gum disease would not be good to add onto this.
Hurting Your Heart
Up to 91% of patients with heart disease have periodonitis. The inflammation of the mouth can directly affect the blood vessels which causes inflammation and clotting. Chances are that whatever we are ruining the oral cavity with, whether it is unhealthy food or drinks, it will most likely not be great for our heart either. When the blood vessels are convulsed, it makes it more difficult for us to get blood from our heart to the rest of the body, and vice- versa; this will cause high blood pressure and lead to heart attacks.
When periodonitis is developed, our bone tissue deteriorates and rots our teeth; this is similar to the condition of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the loss of bone in the arms and legs, which can get much worse with age. Although there is no direct connection between the two, there was a study done that found women with osteoporosis to have gum disease more often than those who do not.
Clearly, our oral hygiene has many different effects on various parts of the body. The best thing to do to avoid these horrible conditions is to take proper care of the teeth and gums on a daily basis. If you are way past this stage where you have started to lose a tooth or teeth or your gums are receding, you need to consider dental implants. We can replace those unhealthy or dying teeth with a simple procedure that can restore overall health.
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If you have given up on your dental hygiene and it has led to further and more serious body complications or diseases, call us to get set up with dental implants today. The first step to good overall physical and mental health, is dental health. Let us help you restore your ability to live a long and happy life again with a beautiful smile. Call us at 705-881-1696