Mouth Is The Mirror To Overall Health

Mouth Is The Mirror To Overall Health
Posted on 01/28/2016

There are many links between oral health and your health elsewhere – in fact, a recent study found that those with severe gum disease have a 40% chance of having a coinciding chronic condition. This highlights the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums, including by brushing, flossing and visiting your Farmington family dentistry office regularly

Cardiovascular Disease

There is a strong link between poor oral health and heart disease. In fact, about 91% of people who have periodontitis (gum disease) also have heart disease. It is hypothesized that bacteria from the gums can enter one’s bloodstream, causing issues with the arteries and therefore, cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, there are a lot of common threads between poor oral hygiene and cardiovascular disease, including smoking and maintaining a poor diet.

Respiratory Infections

Having poor oral health will lead to increased bacteria, which in turn could cause an infection in your lungs; in fact, there is a correlation between poor oral hygiene and pneumonia. This connection is somewhat intuitive, as if you have increased bacteria in your mouth, you are more likely to be breathing in bacteria, leading to some problems with your lungs.

Bone Health

Periodontal bone loss is indicative of poor oral hygiene and poor calcium intake. Low calcium intake is also consistent with osteoporosis, or having bones that are weak and not fully sufficient.

The health of your periodontal bones is indicative of the health of your entire frame, and researchers are investigating whether there is also a direct impact of periodontitis on weakened bones elsewhere.


Inflammation in the mouth, often caused by poor oral hygiene, is suspected to weaken the ability to control your body’s blood sugar, and having a particularly high blood sugar can make a preexisting diabetic condition worse. If you suffer from diabetes, it is very important to maintain excellent oral hygiene.

How Your West Bloomfield Dentists Can Help

These are just some of the ways in which your oral hygiene can manifest in your overall health – it is so important to maintain great oral hygiene for a variety of reasons, these included. Great oral hygiene starts with brushing and flossing on a regular basis and seeing your West Bloomfield dentist for regular teeth cleanings every six months. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (248) 661-4000 to continue forward with good oral hygiene.