3 connections between your Calgary oral health and overall health
If you think your oral health stops at your throat, think again. Have you ever noticed that you tend to have bad breath when you have a cold? That is just one of many examples of how your overall health and your oral health are connected.
1. Mouth bacteria can spread through your whole body
The bacteria in your mouth that can cause gum disease and tooth decay can spread through your system via your mouth, your lungs and blood. There are always bacteria present in our mouths. Most of it is harmless, but the “bad bacteria” comes from food particles being left behind, and sugar helping the bacteria to grow and spread. That is why brushing and flossing twice a day and regular dental checkups are important to keep harmful mouth bacteria from spreading.
2. Crooked teeth can be more than just a cosmetic problem
Crooked teeth can cause problems with your health. How? Two ways:
- Crooked teeth can leave gaps between teeth making it harder for you to you to brush and floss your teeth properly. This can cause food particles to be left behind, resulting in plaque build-up and decay.
- Crooked teeth can cause a misaligned bite. This can result in jaw problems that can affect the way you chew. Food that isn’t chewed properly may not digest properly. Jaw issues can also cause soreness and pain that can affect your posture and cause pain in your neck and back.
3. Jaw problems and your sleep
Jaw problems such as a misaligned bite can contribute to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when you airway is blocked while you sleep. A misaligned bite can cause your jaw to drift back while you sleep, causing the blockage. Snoring can be an indicator of sleep apnea because, as your body tried to pull air through the narrowed opening, your tissues vibrate, creating the snoring noise.
How your health affects your mouth
The connection between oral health and overall health sometimes works in reverse. People who have health issues like heart disease or diabetes may be more likely to have oral health problems. For this reason, it is important for your Calgary dentist to be aware of your health history.
If you’d like to learn more about the connection between your whole health and your oral health,please schedule a consultation.