Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Like many areas of the body, your mouth contains a lot of bacteria, which are mostly harmless. Normally, your body's immune system and good oral hygiene care at home, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition, medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Because saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, this reduction in saliva flow can lead to an increase of bacteria which can, in turn, lead to disease. Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with gum disease might play a role in other diseases.
Poor Oral Health Can Contribute to a Variety of Diseases
Good Oral Health Practices
Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.