Oral Health for Overall Health in Colleyville TX
At Azure Dental, our motto is: A healthy body begins with a healthy mouth.
Most people are not aware of the truth of that statement.
Research, however, continues to reveal that the state of your mouth is indicative of the state of your overall health. In fact, Serious health problems have been linked with poor oral health.
Link to Heart Disease
For example, without general dental care, untreated periodontitis can lead to coronary heart disease. Plaque forms in your arteries and puts you at risk for a heart attack. Studies have found that people with gum disease nearly double their risk for heart disease.
Link to Stroke and Kidney Disease
Major tooth loss or substantial loss of bone around your teeth may indicate that you are in jeopardy of experiencing a stroke. Severe periodontitis has been deemed a condition that puts people at a risk for developing atherosclerotic plaques. These plaques cause strokes as well as heart attacks.
A mouth with no teeth also puts you at risk for kidney problems. Chronic kidney disease affects blood pressure and bone health. It can also lead to kidney failure and heart disease.
Link to Diabetes
People with diabetes are more prone to infections, and periodontal disease is sometimes considered a complication of diabetes. The link between periodontal disease and diabetes is evident, and patients who have periodontal disease may have a harder time controlling their blood sugar.
It is always important to maintain regular check-ups to ensure excellent oral health.
Link to Pregnancy and Effects on a Developing Baby
Poor oral health can also affect your unborn child. Complications in pregnancy have been linked to oral problems. An increase of premature delivery has been found to accompany periodontitis. These babies often have low birth weight. If you are pregnant and diabetic, you may be more prone to gum inflammation and severe gum disease, so be sure to check in with your dentist regularly.
Link to Mental Health
Can poor oral health affect your brain? Apparently, yes, it can. There is a strong relationship between a variety of mental health problems and gum disease. Stress and anxiety are just two of these.
Researchers are also studying the link between chronic periodontal disease early in life and Alzheimer's disease. There is a possibility that severe gum disease increases the likelihood of Alzheimer's disease fourfold.
These are just a few of the problems caused or exacerbated by poor oral health. The list goes on, and as research continues, the list gets even longer. We are committed to helping you learn about the importance of oral health as well as helping you achieve and maintain it. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.