How oral health can affect other diseases?

How oral health can affect other diseases?

One should never neglect the oral health as it is very important to maintain an overall health. Most of them might not be aware that the problems in your mouth will be affecting the rest of your body. That’s why to stay healthy one should have enough knowledge about oral health and how its linked to one’s overall health. As we know mouth has thousands of bacteria which is mostly harmless. But mouth is the entry point for digestive system as well as the respiratory tract and certain bacteria can also cause serious diseases. 

Usually through the normal body’s defence mechanism and with the right oral health care like brushing daily and flossing can keep the bacteria under control. But when there is no proper oral hygiene, the bacteria can reach higher levels it might lead to certain kinds of oral infections like various gum diseases and tooth decay. Some medications like antihistamines, diuretics, painkillers, decongestants and antidepressants which can reduce the flow of saliva. Mostly its saliva washes food and neutralizes the acids which are produced in the mouth by bacteria it prevents multiplication of bacteria which leads to several diseases. 

When there are oral bacteria and inflammation linked to other forms of gum diseases might increase the severity of disease. Especially when people who have diabetes and other diseases like AIDS/HIV might reduce the body’s resistance to other infections making the oral health issues severe and unmanageable. Sometimes other health may lead to several diseases like cardiovascular diseases, pneumonia, pregnancy and birth related complications, endocarditis. Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease may also lead to oral health issues in long run up. So, to stay healthy, it’s important to maintain a better oral hygiene and take care of gums and teeth in the best possible way. 

Efren J. Amey