Healthy teeth are about a lot more than just aesthetics. Your healthy teeth actually tell peopleâincluding your doctorâabout your overall health. Here are four things that your teeth say about you (and the reasons you should take oral hygiene seriously):
- Â Do you skip out on oral hygiene? Time to stop, because researchers have found a link between healthy teeth and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the study, oral bacteria can leave the mouth and enter your bloodstream. The researchers noted that the bacteria found in patients requiring knee and hip joints was the same bacteria as the one found in the dental plaques of those with gum disease. So if you donât have an incentive to brush and floss, hereâs another one: these oral hygiene routines can prevent bacteria from spreading and may prevent the painful symptoms of arthritis.PLUS: The common problem that raises gum disease risk
- Â Red, swollen and bleeding gums are also an indicator of possible heart disease and an increased risk of diabetes, say researchers. If not treated properly, gum disease can cause inflammation in your entire body, and lead to even bigger problems. Studies show that people with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy teethâwhile the link isnât conclusive yet, itâs likely because of the oral bacteria that spread from your mouth to your body.
- If youâre one of the four million Americans who suffer from Sjogrenâs syndrome, then youâre likely to have a lot of oral health problems too. If you suffer from this syndrome, then your bodyâs immune system attacks your tear ducts and saliva glands, making your mouth and eyes dry. You donât want a dry mouth: saliva actually prevents bacteria from building up in your mouth and protects your teeth from cavities.
- If you grind your teeth because of stress and anxiety, it sure shows. These teeth-grinders are more likely to have a number of health problems, including improper oral hygiene. When youâre stressed, your body is producing more cortisol, which can destroy your gums and other areas of the body. Ensure your healthy teeth stay protected by reducing stress in your life.
Oral hygiene might not seem like a priorityâbut it definitely should be. Your healthy teeth reveal a lot about who you are and unhealthy teeth make you more at risk for a number of health conditions, so start protecting those pearly whites today.
Source(s) for Todayâs Article:
Smith, J., âOral bacteria and its effect on joint failures,â Yahoo! Health web site; http://health.yahoo.net/articles/arthritis/oral-bacteria-and-its-effect-joint-failures, last accessed June 20, 2013.
âYour mouth, your health,â WebMD web site, September 29, 2010; http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/ss/slideshow-teeth-gums, last accessed June 20, 2013.