ORAL HEALTH IS GATEWAY TO OVERALL HEALTH
Taking good care of your mouth , teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Our mouth is full of bacteria, germs in the mouth (bacteria) use sugar as food to make acids. Overtime, the acids can attack the tooth, creating decay leading to cavity and gum disease.
Untreated gum disease can advance to periodontitis, in which gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces? (pockets) that become infected. The body's immune system fights the bacteria as the infection spreads and grows below the gum line.
Oral health problems are also related to general health which includes.
• POORLY CONTROLLED DIABETES: Chronic gum disease may , in fact make diabetes more difficult to control . Infection may cause insulin resistance , which distrupts blood sugar control.
• PRETERM BIRTH : Severe gum disease may increase the risk of preterm delivery and giving birth to a low birth weight baby. Oral bacteria release toxins, which reaches? the placenta through the mother's bloodstream and interfere with the growth and development of the fetus, also causes the mother to produce labor triggering substanced too quickly potentially triggering premature labour and birth.
• CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE : Bacteria from inflammation of gums and periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and travel to arteries in the heart and cause arthreosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) . This can cause an increased risk of heart failure or stroke.
• DEMENTIA : Alzheimer's disease is caused by bacteria which reaches brain either through nerve channels or bloodstream.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY ORAL HEALTH ?
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
• Floss daily
• Eat a healthy diet and limit between- meal snacks?.
• Avoid tobacco use
• Regular dental checkup and cleanings.