Today, a beautiful smile and snow-white teeth are associated with the image of a person who knows firsthand what success and high social status are. And dental health is directly related to the health of the whole organism.
At the beginning of communication, we always pay attention to the condition of the interlocutor’s teeth, and the first impression very much depends on the smile. And how important a beautiful smile is when building a personal life – this is already a common truth. No wonder that in the old days, it was by the teeth that a person’s health, his endurance and ability to become a successor of the family were determined.
Nothing has changed these days. As before, teeth are connected with the whole body and serve as a kind of barometer of human health. And improper dental care, in turn, can provoke the development of many ailments that, at first glance, have nothing to do with the oral cavity.
“Neglecting the simple rules of hygiene and unwillingness to devote time to thoughtful and thorough dental care, the choice of toothpaste can lead to the emergence of a risk factor in your life that can fatally affect your health,” says Igor Lemberg, dentist, Ph.D., expert at Colgate Total. – Use only those toothpastes that effectively suppress the vital activity of “cariogenic” bacteria. For example, toothpastes based on the effective triclosan/copolymer formula retain their antibacterial action between brushings for 12 hours and even after meals, preventing the growth of bacteria and providing long-term protection of teeth and gums, while the anti-inflammatory effect of the triclosan/copolymer formula helps to reduce the severity of gingivitis and other inflammatory gum diseases.
Diseases of the oral cavity can cause serious diseases of the body and affect the overall immunity and vitality of a person. Below is only a part of the diseases, one of the causes of which can be inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity.
Scientists have proven that diseased teeth and gums can become the “starting” point for the development of coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction and stroke. In persons with inflammatory periodontal diseases, the risk of heart failure is increased by 2 times!
Bacteria from the periodontium penetrate the bloodstream, which causes inflammation of the walls of blood vessels 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.
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 your teeth and gums hurt and you can’t chew your food thoroughly, then an additional burden falls on your stomach, which can lead to all kinds of diseases.
Common mechanisms for the development of both periodontitis and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract is the presence of microorganisms that can cause inflammatory and immune reactions. Chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, pancreatitis are just some of the diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that can be caused by diseases of the oral cavity.
Most scientists confirm that in inflammatory periodontal diseases, blood sugar levels rise. A number of modern studies have found that successful treatment of periodontitis in patients with diabetes was accompanied by normalization of blood sugar levels over time. To normalize their condition, patients with diabetes should not only follow the recommendations for the treatment of the underlying disease, but also, if necessary, undergo periodontal treatment at the dentist.
Hormonal changes in the body of a pregnant woman can provoke inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Infections that live in the teeth of a pregnant woman can have an adverse effect on the fetus and provoke miscarriage. Periodontal disease increases the risk of preterm birth by 7 times!
The lack of proper dental care can lead a man not only to a sharp decrease in the number of fans due to an ugly smile and bad breath, but also to the appearance of a typical “male” problem – impotence. A chronic infection that lives in the mouth damages the blood vessels, which can cause sexual weakness.
Dental care rules
Since the state of the whole organism depends on the health of the teeth, it is very important to prevent the development of ailments that can significantly worsen the quality of our life with the help of proper care of the teeth and the entire oral cavity. To avoid diseases of the oral cavity and, as a result, diseases of other organs, it is necessary not to forget about daily prevention:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Choose high-quality toothpaste: toothpaste should contain fluorine compounds to prevent caries, and anti-inflammatory substances to treat and prevent gum disease.
- The additional use of mouthwash after brushing your teeth helps to remove bacteria from hard-to-reach places, cheeks and tongue surfaces and keep breath fresher for longer.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between teeth and along the gum line. Detailed instructions are in this picture from Colgate Total.