What your mouth says about your health

Your mouth holds clues to your overall health and looking out for any changes in your oral health can help manage certain conditions. Your mouth is full of harmless bacteria, however with poor hygiene habits you can suffer from tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental-HealthCertain medications like antihistamines, pain killers and diuretics can reduce saliva flow which is important in washing away food and neutralizing acids produced by bacteria in the mouth.

So what does your mouth say about your health?

  • Cardio vascular disease – Some research indicates that heart disease might be linked to the inflammation and infections oral bacteria can cause.
  • Endocarditis – This is an infection of the inner lining of the heart. It occurs when bacteria and germs from other parts of your body such as the mouth spread through the blood stream and attach to damaged areas in your heart which is why it is important to prevent and treat any oral infections immediately they occur
  • Diabetes – Having diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, putting the gums are risk. Gum disease is more frequent and severe among diabetes patients.
  • Osteoporosis – This is a disease which causes bones to become weak and can break easily. Drugs used to treat the disease have a slight chance of damaging jaw bones.
  •  Alzheimer’s disease – As the disease progresses, it is observed that oral health deteriorates as well.
  • There is a connection between periodontitis; a severe form of gum disease and diabetes and HIV/AIDS. This is because the disease occurs when the body’s resistance to infections is low.
  • Having good oral hygiene means you have a healthy mouth. This means that there is the absence of bad breath, gums are pink and there is no bleeding after brushing or flossing. You only have one set of teeth and gums so treat them like with great care.
  • Cancer – With the growing rate of people diagnosed with cancer, about 20% of them have one form of oral health complications resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Battling cancer takes a toll on one’s health so it is just as important to take care of one’s oral health.
    • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
    • Floss daily
    • Eat a healthy diet and limit snacks taken in between meals
    • Replace your toothbrush once the bristles fray or every 3 – 4 months
    • Schedule regular checkups and cleaning sessions
    • Contact your dentist as soon as any oral health problem arises.


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