Explaining the Link Between Oral and General Health
As yet, scientists aren’t sure of the exact connection but if you have tooth decay or gum disease, mouth bacteria can get into your bloodstream and from there can reach any part of your body. Once inside your body these bacteria cause inflammation, which is thought to be key to understanding the connection between oral health and general health.
Diabetes is a good example, as poorly controlled diabetes can increase glucose in saliva, providing fuel for gum disease-causing bacteria. As these bacteria thrive, they cause infection and bleeding gums. The bacteria enter the body through these open wounds in the gums and the inflammation they create makes it harder to control blood sugar levels. Failing to look after your dental health puts your general health at risk. If you have certain health conditions, especially those affecting your immune system then you may be more risk of developing dental diseases.