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How Poor Oral Health Puts Your Whole Body at Risk

If you do not see your dentist regularly, or you do not practice a strong oral care routine every day, then your entire body is at risk. Tooth decay and periodontal disease near Damascus are damaging in several ways, including lowering your immune system, damaging your emotional health, and increasing your risk of heart disease. It is essential that you visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings throughout the year and practice a strong oral routine at home. Here is a closer look at how poor oral health can affect your entire body: Oral health infographic by Damascus Dental Group

It Lowers Your Immune System

When you have poor oral health, you have a buildup of harmful bacteria that will not stay in your mouth. Bacteria can travel through your bloodstream and throughout your entire body, wreaking havoc on your immune system. With poor oral health, you are likelier to experience illness more frequently and possibly have lowered energy throughout the day.

It May Increase Heart Disease Risk

Various links have been made between periodontal disease and heart disease. Both are considered inflammatory diseases that are increased by the presence of plaque. Periodontal disease occurs from plaque and bacteria that builds under the gum line and causes severe infections. Heart disease is increased by the presence of plaque in the arteries that slowly builds up and eventually causes blockages and heart attacks.

It May Exacerbate Certain Conditions

Other conditions—such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis—may be exacerbated by the presence of periodontal disease. These conditions lower the immune system, which can affect even the healthiest of oral care routines. Dentists may recommend a stronger oral care routine if you have these conditions or are at risk of developing them.

It Affects Your Emotional Health

As periodontal disease and tooth decay begin damaging your smile, you are likelier to experience embarrassment and feel self-conscious when speaking or smiling. You may also experience depression as a result. Depression can also lead to a weakened immune system, and your health could continue to become worse.