We are all aware that an open white-toothed smile is one of the symbols of beauty. A person who is really smiling and has good teeth is beneficial to the conversation. Healthy teeth, on the other hand, provide several health advantages for the entire body. After all, teeth are a component of the oral organ in the human body, and problems with them have a direct influence on the organism’s entire health. In this post, dentists from Mountain Sky Dental speak about how healthy teeth can impact the body as a whole.
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body
Heart and teeth
Brushing your teeth and caring for your entire oral cavity can help you solve many health problems. First of all, it is the prevention of heart disease. A lot of different microbes live in the mouth and on the teeth, and not all of them are friendly to our bodies.
With poor oral hygiene, microbes can easily penetrate the gum vessels, and from there into the general circulatory system. The result is damage to the walls of the arteries, their inflammation, and thickening, which disrupts blood circulation, especially if these are coronary arteries. The risk of myocardial infarction is sharply increased. If you brush your teeth once a day, you increase your risk of heart disease by 70%.
Patients with periodontitis have an increased risk of heart disease, moreover, periodontitis doubles the risk of a fatal heart attack. Bacteria from the periodontium enter the bloodstream, which causes inflammation of the vessel walls and can provoke the formation of blood clots. And blood clots, as you know, can block the lumen of blood vessels and cause the development of cardiovascular diseases.
Gastritis and Smile
If you have rotting teeth or have them extracted, you are one step closer to digestive issues such as gastritis, colitis, and stomach discomfort. This is related to a failure to chew food properly, which is the primary function of healthy teeth. Inadequately chewed food irritates and strains the stomach and intestines, interfering with the function of enzymes.
Even if implants or crowns are installed, they will not be able to completely replace teeth: the power of pressure on teeth when chewing is 100-120 kg per square centimeter of the area despite the fact that a sick tooth or crown can exert pressure ranging from 20 to 50 kilograms.
Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
Problematic teeth are not able to provide the correct mechanical grinding of food, preparing it for absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. If you have pain in your teeth, gums and there is no way to thoroughly chew food, then an additional load falls on the stomach, which can lead to all sorts of diseases.
The general mechanisms of development of both periodontitis and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract are the presence of microorganisms that can cause inflammatory and immune reactions. Chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, pancreatitis are just a part of the diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that can be caused by diseases of the oral cavity.
Most scientists confirm that with inflammatory periodontal disease, blood sugar levels rise. A number of modern studies have established that the successful treatment of periodontitis in patients with diabetes over time was accompanied by the normalization of blood sugar levels. To normalize their condition, diabetics should not only follow the recommendations for the treatment of the underlying disease but also, if necessary, undergo periodontal treatment at the dentist.
Diabetics are more likely to experience periodontitis, which can also affect blood glucose control. Periodontitis can be a risk factor for the development of diabetes, even in healthy patients.