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9 Health Problems Provoked by Poor Oral Health
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9 Health Problems Provoked by Poor Oral Health
Today, more and more people keep proper oral hygiene to prevent many dental diseases and increase the lifespan of their teeth.

However, good oral hygiene can prevent not only dental issues but also many other health problems. Neglecting mouth health can result in different conditions most of which can be dangerous. So, let’s look at them:

1. Dementia 

Unhealthy gums can negatively affect brain health. When gums are infected, certain substances are released from them. These substances kill brain cells and can even provoke memory loss. The long-term brain damage results in Alzheimer’s disease - a type of dementia characterized by impaired memory and thinking skills, inability to carry out the simplest tasks, and changes in behavior. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible, but it’s preventable. Maintaining optimal oral health is a good way to prevent dementia.  

2. Infertility 

Scientists found a connection between bad dental health and fertility issues in women. The periodontal disease known as gum disease can provoke different overall health problems like high-risk pregnancy and cause trouble conceiving. 

3. Rheumatoid arthritis 

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society reports that people with periodontal disease are four times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy joints). Both of these diseases are inflammatory. Gingivitis-causing bacteria can enhance overall inflammation which increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. 

4. Erectile dysfunction 

Poor oral hygiene can affect men’s sexual health leading to erectile dysfunction. Scientists found a link between chronic gum disease and erectile dysfunction. Bacteria that cause gum inflammation can enter the bloodstream and provoke inflammation of blood vessels all over the body. This can result in poor blood flow to the genitals and erection problems.  

5. Cardiovascular disease

Having unhealthy gums and teeth also increases the risk of heart disease. As mentioned above, gum disease-causing bacteria can get into the bloodstream. In addition to vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels), the bacteria can cause atherosclerosis. This condition damages the heart and can even lead to hypertension, strokes, endocarditis, and a heart attack. Fortunately, you can prevent periodontal disease by visiting your family dentist regularly. This will lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and keep your teeth healthy and shiny.     

6. Kidney disease 

Chronic kidney disease is a gradual loss of kidney function that can provoke heart and bone issues and high blood pressure. Periodontal disease can provoke chronic kidney disease due to the fact that gum disease weakens the immune system making you more prone to different infections. Many people with extremely poor dental health also have chronic kidney disease. Kidney disease can be life-threatening and even fatal if it contributes to kidney failure or cardiovascular disease.

7. Respiratory infections

Poor oral health can weaken your respiratory system making you more likely to get respiratory infections. Bacteria from inflamed gums can be breathed into your lungs. It can also get there through the bloodstream and trigger pneumonia, respiratory infections, acute bronchitis, and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

8. Pregnancy complications

Women who want to get pregnant should practice proper oral hygiene. Changes in hormone levels in the body of a pregnant woman can make an expectant mother more prone to oral infections as well as pregnancy complications. Gingivitis and periodontitis have been shown to cause premature birth and low birth weight in infants.  

9. Cancer 

Smoking and using tobacco products can significantly increase the risk for oral and throat cancers>However, other types of cancer are linked to periodontal disease. People who have poor oral health are more prone to kidney, blood, and pancreatic cancers. 

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