4 AnswersYes, some oral health problems can lead to life-threatening conditions. For instance, mouth and throat cancer can be life-threatening and can cause serious problems. This is why oral health matters. While everyone loves having a nice smile, it's important to see a dentist regularly so they can examine your mouth, not only for cavities, but for other health conditions as well.
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Other illnesses can affect your oral health. Bone loss in the jaw due to osteoporosis can require oral surgery to correct. HIV/AIDS may cause mouth lesions that need to be treated by a dentist. The first symptoms of diseases such as cancer, gonorrhea, Sjogren's syndrome, and syphilis often appear in the mouth. Patients with cardiovascular disease should pay particular attention to their oral health, because gum infections can have serious heart-related complications. Diabetes can make oral healthcare challenging, first because diabetes is a risk factor for gum disease, and second, because gum disease can make diabetes more difficult to control.
3 AnswersSome oral health problems can be serious. Diseases that affect the tissue supporting your teeth can be mild or severe. If untreated the more mild form (gingivitis) can turn more severe and can be destructive, leading to loss of teeth. Use of tobacco products can lead to increased risk for oral cancer, which can cause pain, difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue. Not brushing and flossing regularly can lead to cavities, requiring fillings or other problems. Your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur while they are easy to treat.
Your oral health can impact your overall health. Not taking care of your mouth and teeth can lead to other problems. Some examples include:
The American Heart Association published a Statement in April 2012 supporting an association between gum disease and heart disease. Many studies show an as-yet-unexplained association between gum disease and several serious health conditions, including heart disease, even after adjusting for common risk factors.
Treating gum disease in people with diabetes can help improve blood sugar control.
4 AnswersOral health problems are caused primarily by not brushing twice daily and flossing once daily. Maintaining a healthy diet is also important. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. Visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur while they are easy to treat.
Your teeth are the window to your body and can actually say a lot about your overall health. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.
Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Be sure to practice good oral health to help your overall health.
2 AnswersStudies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or stroke. However, saying that two conditions are associated is not the same as saying that one causes the other. It only means that some studies have shown that more people with gum disease experience one of the conditions mentioned above than people without gum disease. This finding could be the result of another factor, like smoking. For example, people who smoke are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and cancer as well as gum disease. Well-designed clinical trials are needed to establish whether a cause-and-effect relationship exists and to determine if, or how, treating gum disease may affect your overall health.