Published On: Tue, Dec 13th, 2016

5 Ways Poor Dental Health Can Affect You Beyond Your Teeth

Every single day, your mouth accumulates a layer of plaque build up that contains bacteria. When left to their own devices, this bacteria can cause a wide array of health issues. Usually, when people think of mouth bacteria, they think of issues like gum disease and cavities. But, it’s important to remember that oral health can affect the entire body. Here are five health issues that could be connected to poor dental hygiene.

Cardiovascular Disease

Many studies cite a link between poor oral health and heart attacks or strokes. Streptococcus is the bacteria that causes gum disease. When it enters the bloodstream, it releases a protein that promotes clotting. This can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 

photo/ Aleš Kartal via pixabay

photo/ Aleš Kartal via pixabay


People with diabetes need to exercise extra caution when caring for their teeth. Gum disease can affect the body’s ability to control blood sugar, which is risky business for diabetics. Unfortunately, because diabetes lowers the effectiveness of the immune system, it leaves sufferers with increased risk of contracting infections. As a result, diabetics should be extra vigilant to keep their teeth in top shape.

Preterm Birth

According to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine, research suggests that the inflammation causing bacteria can actually move into the bloodstream and target the foetus. This means that gum disease can be a risk factor for preterm birth. Preterm birth and low birth weight are growing concerns in the medical community. It is commonly advised that pregnant women have at least one dental exam and cleaning during their pregnancy. Women who are considering becoming pregnant may want to add dental care to their list of priorities.


By now, you may realize that the main connection between all of these conditions is increased inflammation. When bacteria enters the bloodstream, it can cause widespread inflammation. There are a number of diseases that are linked to inflammation, including Alzheimer’s. Multiple studies have shown a link between gum disease and the Alzheimer’s. It is important that elderly and aging people keep dental health a priority as they are more susceptible to this condition than the younger generations.

Chronic Kidney Disease

A 2008 study revealed that people with significant tooth loss due to gum disease were more likely to develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Again, CKD is considered an inflammatory disease. Inflammation is caused by infection of the blood. Maintaining good oral health is an important part of preventing bacteria from entering the bloodstream, hence ultimately preventing this disease.

It is said that the mouth is the gateway to the body. With this in mind it is important to keep oral health a priority. Remember to brush daily and schedule regular cleanings with a trusted dentist.

Choosing the right dentist will be your first step in your march towards a brighter, healthier smile you will be proud of.

Author: Lolita Di

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  1. Robert w. says:

    I’m hoping for help.cancer & chemo took and still is taking alot out of me. Including my teeth from all the pills I’ve had to take.

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