How oral health can affect your overall health? Find out

We usually think oral health is only about brushing, flossing and getting cavities filled. Most of us do not visit a dentist unless we have pain or bleeding in the mouth. But to our surprise oral health is much more important than just having clean teeth. Our oral health or you can say our mouth offers clues about our overall health. Conditions related to our mouth can affect the health of rest of our body. Let’s make you aware about this – The connection between oral health and overall health: Your mouth contains wide variety of bacteria, most of them are harmless. Body’s natural defense and good oral hygiene can keep a check on these bacteria so that it does not cause any infection. However, in the absence of proper oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing, bacteria can lead to tooth decay and gum diseases. Certain medicines, like painkillers, decongestants, diuretics and antidepressants can reduce the amount of saliva produced. As saliva helps in keeping the mouth free of food debris and neutralizes acid produced by bacteria, reduction in the amount of saliva can increase the risk for infections. Research has shown that bacteria and inflammation associated with gum diseases may play a role in some diseases. In addition to this, some diseases like diabetes, HIV, cancer can lower the body’s resistance to diseases and infections. What health conditions/ diseases are linked to oral health? Our mouth health can contribute to various health issues including: Cardiovascular diseases: Many studies have proved that infection and inflammation caused by oral bacteria can lead to heart diseases and stroke. Endocarditis: Infection...