Medical Conditions Caused by Poor Oral Health

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When you take care of your teeth and gums, you’re not just looking after your oral health—you’re looking after your total body wellness. Many people don’t realize that the two are connected and that poor dental hygiene can lead to certain medical conditions. Here are some examples:

Cardiovascular Disease

When you have periodontal disease, bacteria is causing inflammation in your gums. The thing is, that bacteria doesn’t just hang out there. It can travel through your bloodstream to your heart and lead to complications like atherosclerosis, which is when the arteries harden. This is a serious concern because it increases your risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.

Diabetes Complications

Gum disease has also been tied to another medical condition: complications with diabetes. When you have gum inflammation, it affects how your body is able to use insulin and control blood sugar. If you have periodontal disease, you may find that your diabetes symptoms are worse.

Pregnancy Complications

Yes, gum disease is at it again. Studies have shown that when a pregnant woman has periodontal disease, it increases the risk of a premature delivery and the baby having a low birth rate.

Maintain Your Dental Health at Curtis Family Dentistry

Knowing the significant connection between your dental health and your overall body health gives you all the more reason to keep up with your at-home oral care as well as your regular trips to the dentist. If you’re concerned that your oral hygiene might be causing one of your medical conditions, we recommend coming in for a consultation or speaking to your general practitioner. Have more questions about your oral health? We’d love to help get you some answers. Contact Curtis Family Dentistry today by phone or email, and we can chat further!

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