4 Signs Your Poor Dental Health Could Become a Serious Medical Problem

A hypothetical Mr. Tyler suddenly dropped to his kitchen floor with a stroke. His emergency assistance was not timely, so he lay on the floor for an hour before paramedics arrived. He was left with complete paralysis of the left side. He was 59 years old.

Mr. Tyler worked in a high-stress profession and did not take fitness seriously. However, these factors did not precipitate his stroke.

Mr. Tyler had periodontal disease. This disease was the reason for his stroke.

Although we know that poor brushing habits may lead to cavities, some of the other results of poor dental care are not so visible as ugly stains or loss of teeth. In fact, the hidden results of poor dental care can be deadly.

Cardiovascular Disease

Mr. Tyler’s sudden stroke was the direct result of atherosclerosis. Inflammation of gum tissue does not remain in the mouth. Arteries are directly affected. Plaque builds up as an inflammatory reaction. When a piece of plaque breaks off and tunnels to the brain, havoc ensues.

Sometimes the lining of the heart will become infected from sore and swollen gums. Endocarditis is the result. If left untreated, endocarditis damages and destroys heart valves.

Respiratory Infections

Imagine breathing infectious bacteria into your lungs every time a breath is taken. Most people would leave the area of such noxious fumes. Infected teeth and gums cannot be left behind. Repeated infections, such as pneumonia, have strong connections to what enters the lungs and sets up housekeeping there. A visit to Valley Oak Dental Group Inc. or a clinic near you can help you address any oral health issues contributing to respiratory infections.

Dementia

Most people feel that developing dementia may be hereditary, and may be just bad luck. The origins of such a disease seem shrouded in mystery.

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the result of inflammation? Cold Springs Harbor Perspectives in Medicine cites that “Alzheimer’s brains show clear evidence of inflammatory pathways.” In fact, the use of anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce risk of the disease. Bacteria from periodontal disease or infected teeth may invade the brain through the bloodstream or nerve channels.

Diabetes

Diabetes has many complications, one of them gum disease. Diabetics are very vulnerable to skin and tissue infections, as uncontrolled blood sugar provides a feast for bacteria of all kinds. Neglecting dental care for diabetics increases all of the above possibilities.

Many people avoid dental visits because they know they need a great deal of repair, and they fear the discomfort and multiple appointments that may be required.

A new dental technique called sedation dentistry takes the apprehension out of a dental visit. When this technique is implemented, a great deal of dental work can be performed in one sitting, if desired. This may include fillings, crowns, and veneers.

Sedation dentistry can range from oral medication to reduce anxiety to intravenous sedation. The brain doesn’t register the work being accomplished, and an ‘amnesia effect’ tends to prevent memories for the next visit.

Don’t overlook your dental health, as poor oral health can increase the chances of a whole host of other conditions. The proper dental health will reduce the chances of these conditions.

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