What happens in your Mouth doesn’t stay in your Mouth!
If there is bacteria or decay in your mouth, the bacteria makes its way into your bloodstream and from there has access to all areas of your body! This could have an impact on your heart, your lungs, and can lead to arthritis, and different cancers. There’s all kinds of studies coming out that shows “What happens in the Mouth doesn’t stay in the Mouth”.
Scientific studies strongly suggest a direct link between the health of your mouth, and the overall health of your body. Your mouth acts as a gateway to the rest of your body. It is filled with billions of tiny bacteria. These bacteria can group together to form what is called “biofilm”. This biofilm can quickly spread in your mouth, covering the surface of your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. Biofilm, if left untreated can cause gum inflammation which is also the earliest stage of the gum disease known as “gingivitis”.
A more advanced form of gum disease is called “periodontitis”, and can lead to tooth and bone loss. Some research suggests that people with missing teeth can have their lifespan reduced by as much as 7 years. It is estimated that over 85% of adults have some form of gum disease. When your gums are swollen and inflamed, normal activities such as eating can cause the blood vessels between your teeth and gums to burst and bleed. As a result, the bacteria that is in your mouth can detach, and be released into the bloodstream. Once this bacteria enters your bloodstream, It has full access to the rest of your body.
Data is now revealing that bacteria in your bloodstream may have a direct correlation with other more serious health issues such as:
-Complications associated with diabetes. People with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease because their blood vessels are already compromised.
-Cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke, resulting from the bacteria causing plaque buildup in blood vessels, phenomena where the bacteria can create an infection in your lungs.
-Preterm low birth weight in infants linked to bacteria being passed from the mother to her fetus.
-Rheumatoid arthritis resulting in inflammation of the joints.
Osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak and brittle may be associated with periodontal bone and tooth loss.
-Up to a 60% increased chance of pancreatic and kidney cancers.
Individuals who have advanced periodontitis are 2X to 4X more likely to contract one of these conditions compared to someone with a healthy mouth. Good dental habits such as brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist are your best defense. They can help protect you from the bacteria and biofilm colonizing in your mouth, and can positively affect both your dental, and overall health.
Visit your dentist regularly and keep your mouth healthy! Make it a part of your overall total body health plan!