Five Medical Issues Related to Poor Oral Health

Many of Cromer & Cairns Dental patients in Vero Beach believe that oral health focuses only on the health of the mouth, teeth and gums, but in reality, oral health relates to much more. The mouth and its bacteria are often seen as responsible for poor oral health that can have negative consequences for the rest of the body. Indications of poor oral health caused by bacteria in the mouth include teeth and gums that ache or bleed, as well as breath that smells bad. It’s this bacteria that can easily find its way into the bloodstream and cause infection and inflammation wherever it spreads in the body.

At Cromer & Cairns Dental, we remind our patients in Vero Beach how important it is to practice good oral hygiene and to see your dentist regularly in order to avoid serious risk to the body’s overall health and wellbeing. Some of the most common and serious health issues frequently caused by poor oral health practices include:

***Cardiovascular Disease**
When gums are inflamed due to bacteria that cause periodontal disease those same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and harden. It leads to blood flow problems and heart blockages, and increases the likelihood of having a heart attack.

***Respiratory Infections**
Bacteria in the mouth from infected teeth and swollen gums can be breathed into the lungs or travel there through the bloodstream. Once there the bacteria can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD.

***Diabetes**
Not only are diabetics already more susceptible to infection such as infected gums that lead to periodontal disease, but also periodontal disease can make diabetes more difficult to control. Because gum disease can lead to higher than normal blood sugar levels for our patients in Vero Beach, a person with poor oral health is at an increased risk of developing diabetes.

***Cancer**
Poor oral health practices such as smoking or using tobacco products can lead to oral and throat cancers, but other types of cancer have also been linked to gum disease. The risk for kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and blood cancers are much higher for people with poor oral health.

***Rheumatoid Arthritis**
Statistics show people with gum disease were four times more likely to have Rheumatoid Arthritis. The oral bacteria from gingivitis can increase inflammation throughout the body, which makes the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis much higher.

For the staff at Cromer & Cairns Dental, oral health is an indicator of overall health. Taking care to prevent oral and dental health problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease can go a long way toward decreasing the risk for more serious health problems throughout the body.

Statistics show people with gum disease were four times more likely to have Rheumatoid Arthritis. The oral bacteria from gingivitis can increase inflammation throughout the body, which makes the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis much higher.

For the staff at Cromer & Cairns Dental, oral health is an indicator of overall health. Taking care to prevent oral and dental health problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease can go a long way toward decreasing the risk for more serious health problems throughout the body.

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