Poor dental health has more of an effect on your general health than you may think! Oral Health is Overall Health
Bone deterioration around the teeth lead to loosening and eventual tooth loss. In the UK 1 in 17 of all adults have lost all of their teeth.
High levels of disease causing bacteria in the mouth can lead to clogging of the carotid artery and increased risk of stroke.
Bacteria from periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs where it can aggravate respiratory systems – especially in patients who already have respiratory problems.
Periodontal bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, enflaming blood vessels and blocking blood flow to the genitals. In fact, men with periodontal disease are 7 x more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men with good dental hygiene.
In the UK 1 in 3 adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease. 1/3 have advanced periodontal disease that has lead to tooth loss.
People with periodontal disease are 2 x more likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing as a result of periodontal bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through the gums. In fact, one study found that the presence of gum disease, cavities, and missing teeth are as good at predicting heart diseases as cholesterol levels.
Lack of regular brushing and flossing leaves small food particles wedged between the teeth that collect bacteria and emit chemicals, like hydrogen sulphide. The same chemical that gives rotten eggs their characteristic smell.