Poor Oral Health Linked to Chronic Disease

Many people tend to treat their dental health as a separate issue from the rest of the overall health of their body. Dental insurance hardly covers any of the true expenses that an average person needs to maintain a healthy smile, and the actual costs are truly alarming and for many, impossible to afford. The truth is, our overall health and our oral health are not mutually exclusive. Poor oral health is a clear indicator of overall health, and studies have shown that poor oral health and gum disease are related to diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and Macular Degeneration.

Diabetes

People with diabetes are more at risk of developing periodontitis, or gum disease. This is an infection in the gums and bone of the mouth, and can cause painful chewing, and even tooth loss. Keeping good blood glucose control is the key to keep from getting periodontitis. The bottom line is if you are managing your diabetes the way you are supposed to, and maintaining proper dental hygiene, you should not suffer the effects of gum disease.

Alzheimer’s

Those who are deep in the throws of Alzheimer’s are often unable to provide the self care they used to, such as brushing and flossing their teeth. Dental checkups as well may become a source of great anxiety, making preventative care extremely difficult. It is easy to see how dementia can lead to oral disease, but can it be the other way around? Can poor oral health put you more at risk for developing Alzheimer’s? This is a question that researchers are still grappling with, but it is very plausible that the release of oral bacteria from gum disease into the blood stream can initiate, or exacerbate existing problems in the brain.
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Arthritis

Arthritis causes joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. Because gum disease and arthritis both cause inflammation, people who have oral disease are more likely to develop arthritis. Those who do have both tend to have worth arthritis than those who have arthritis only. (Learn more HERE)

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness for people 65 and older, with approximately 9.1 million Americans over the age of 40 that are afflicted. A recent study shows that men who had experienced tooth loss due to gum disease were four times more likely to suffer with macular degeneration than the general population. (Learn more HERE)

Good oral health is a part of the overall good health and well being of a person. All to often, people neglect their oral health, seeing it somehow as “separate” from the rest of their body. Studies continually show, time and time again, that poor oral health is directly related to other chronic, and at times debilitating, disease.

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