Poor oral health does not only result in a toothless grin. Did you know that choosing not to see your dentist at least twice a year could lead to more serious health conditions? The eyes may be the window to the soul, but your oral health is the window to everything else that is going on inside your body. In fact, here are the three ways your oral health impacts the rest of your body.

  • You are at high risk for cardiovascular diseases when your oral health is not in good shape.

A simple inflammation of the gums could put you at risk for stroke. In fact, the reddening and swelling of the gums could also increase possible inflammation of the other parts of the body – including your heart. Such inflammation could result in the development of heart disease. A periodontal disease could lead the body’s exposure to bacteria that could cause heart problems. At Sydney Road Dental Care, we always ask our patients for their medical history. The history of cardiovascular diseases in the family allows us to provide treatment accordingly. A simple gum problem could be a sign of another budding health trouble.

  • You are likely to develop diabetes when you don’t manage your dental health well.

While it is a known fact that people with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal problems, several new studies have found that uncomplicated gum disease could lead to higher sugar levels as it affects the body’s natural system of controlling glucose levels. It is important to note that a simple gum problem is a bacterial problem. The bacteria that causes the inflammation of the gums also produces toxins that affect the way the body can break down carbohydrate metabolism on a cellular level. This link is a reminder always to take care of your body, especially when you have a family history of diabetes.

  • You may suffer from lung infections when your oral health is not in excellent condition.

People often dismiss the tenderness and bleeding of their gums as something that’s ordinary. However, periodontal diseases make the mouth more susceptible to bacterial infection. In fact, the mouth of patients who have gum disease become the breeding ground for bacteria that could cause various lung infections like pneumonia. Those who may be suffering from pre-existing lung conditions like COPD could suffer more. The bacteria that make their gums swell may only make their condition more complicated.

At Sydney Road Dental Care, we always remind our patients to make brushing and flossing a part of their regular habit. Regular dental cleaning and check-ups could prevent the worse from happening. Taking care of one’s oral health is not just something that you do to keep that beautiful smile. It is also one of the many ways you can show how much you love yourself.