The health of your teeth may not seem to be a priority in your busy life and you may think skipping a few brushes here and there isn’t a big deal. Unfortunately, bad oral health could have some serious health consequences. Your mouth is the gateway for bacteria to get into your bloodstream, causing infection and inflammation wherever it goes.

Did you know that unhealthy teeth and gums can actually place you at risk for some seemingly unrelated diseases? Let’s look at some of the more serious health problems that can occur if oral health is ignored.

Cardiovascular Disease

Can periodontal disease affect your heart? Unfortunately, it can. If your gums are inflamed and bacteria gets into the bloodstream, the bacteria actually causes the arteries to harden with plaque build up. Hardening of the arteries can lead to blood flow problems and greatly increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Cancer

Apart from the risk of throat or oral cancer due to habits like smoking, other types of cancer can also be linked to gum disease. Poor oral health has been found to be more prevalent in people with pancreatic, kidney and blood cancer.

Diabetes

Gum disease can cause high blood sugar making people with poor oral health more susceptible to developing diabetes. Unfortunately, if you already have diabetes, you’re more susceptible to developing gum disease which can cause blood sugar levels to rise, making it harder to control.

Kidney Disease

Patients with kidney disease are already predisposed to periodontal disease as they are more likely to develop oral lesions and dry mouth, and medications used to treat the disease can exacerbate the issue. Developing periodontal disease can further progress the stages of chronic kidney disease.

Apart from these major diseases, unhealthy teeth and gums are also linked to pregnancy complications, respiratory infections and arthritis. Take care and prevent oral health problems before it becomes something much worse than bad breath. If you want to check up on your oral health, call Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic to book in with one of our experienced dentists today.