The condition of your teeth can indicate problems with the body. Physicians routinely do a “tooth visual.”  Taking care of your dental health may have a positive impact on your overall health.

Oral Bacteria Found in the Plaque of Clogged Arteries

Dental problems like tooth decay occur when colonies of bacteria build up in the mouth and attack the teeth and gums. The bacteria of gum disease, travel in the blood to other areas of the body and cause serious health problems. Scientists have found this oral bacteria in the plaque that clogs arteries. Therefore, poor dental health could put your entire body at risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other problems of your health.

Gum Disease Complicates Diabetes

Inflammation in the gum tissue makes it difficult for the body to bring down blood sugar, even with medication.  High blood sugar increases the likelihood of infections in the mouth, leading to even more inflammation. If you have diabetes, focusing on your dental health can help bring your diabetes under control.

Get all Diagnosed Treatment Completed

Expectant women need to see their dentist for a complete evaluation of their dental health. The hormones present during pregnancy compound existing dental problems. Babies born prematurely or with a low birth weight are higher in women with gum disease. Get all your necessary dental treatment completed. Injections are perfectly safe for your unborn child and with proper shielding safety precautions, so are radiographs (x-rays) with proper shielding safety precautions. Don’t introduce other bacteria in your bloodstream while your baby is forming.

Do Your Homework

Poor dental conditions not only threaten the state of your smile but may also bring on more health issues. The correlation between dental health and overall health is still being studied. To protect yourself, remember to brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly.