Oral Health Affects More than Just Your Mouth

An important aspect of healthy living that is often over looked is oral health. Chronic inflammation from gum disease, teeth decay, and other oral health problems can cause serious health problems.

Brushing your teeth can have a significant impact on your risk of developing heart disease. Bacteria and other inflammatory compounds from gingivitis can enter your blood stream and harm the lining of blood vessels. This can lead to both strokes and heart attacks. Brushing your teeth regularly is one way to ensure that you don’t carry chronic inflammation in your body.

Teeth that have been treated by a root canal can also become a source of chronic inflammation. These teeth are almost always infected because anaerobic bacteria continue to thrive on the tissue that is inside the dead roots. These bacteria secrete toxins that could cause autoimmune, musculoskeletal, and irritable bowel diseases to name a few.

Good oral health can be achieved by eating a healthy diet. Avoiding sugars and processed foods will prevent the spread of bacteria that cause decay and chronic inflammation.