Diabetes is a disease wherein there are high blood sugar levels. It affects various organs of your body including your mouth. It can cause bad breath, gum infections,excess plaque, and loose teeth. If you have started developing these symptoms considerably, these days, you should get your blood sugar checked.
(Plaque is a soft, yellowish deposit on your teeth, tongue, and gums which can cause bad breath and cavities)
GERD/ Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease is a disease wherein there's an excess acid produced in your stomach which leaks into your mouth via your esophagus. It can not only cause chest pain, but erode your tooth, cause sensitivity, inflammation of oral mucosa/skin, bad breath, and red palate.Your stomach produces acid to digest your food. However, GERD is a serious disease which needs treatment; otherwise, it can lead to ulcers and cancers.
(Redness, swelling, and pain are the signs of inflammation)
Likewise, your mouth is the gateway. It also tells you, if you are progressing/recovering from certain diseases. If your blood sugar levels are improving, your oral health improves.
On the other hand, research says that if you take care of your oral health, you can recover from diseases!
If you improve your oral health, your diabetes improves; likewise, if you don't have a good oral hygiene, inflammation in your mouth worsens your diabetes.
Research also says poor oral health may cause heart diseases such as atherosclerosis/thickened blood vessels which cause highblood pressure. Unhealthy bacteria from your mouth can enter your blood and cause atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis can increase the chances of heart attacks as well as stroke.
*Heart attack is when blood flow to your heart muscles stops and causes the death of your heart muscles.
*Stroke is when there's a ruptured blood vessel in your brain. It needs an immediate treatment as its life-threatening.
By maintaining a good oral hygiene, you can minimize the growth of unhealthy bacteria in your mouth.
Here's a list of seven more diseases that have a direct connection with your mouth:
1. Respiratory diseases
Journal of Periodontology says poor oral health increases the occurrence of respiratory diseases such as respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, and COPD/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
(Pneumonia is a lung infection which can give you fever, cough, and make it difficult for you to breathe.)
(COPD is a chronic/long-standing disease wherein there is a lung inflammation, cough, mucus, and difficulty breathing.)
2. Kidney disease
If you have kidney disease, you can have bad breath, bad taste, and loose teeth. Kidney disease can worsen and cause kidney failure if not treated. Gum inflammation can worsen your kidney diseases.
A latest study says poor oral health can cause infertility by reducing sperm counts in men and delaying the time of conception in women.
4. Premature birth
Inflamed gums are common in pregnancy. However, it's more important to keep your mouth clean in pregnancy with brushing twice a day and flossing every day. Poor oral health can cause premature birth and low birth weight. Full-term babies are healthier than preterm ones.
5. Throat cancer
Poor oral health can invite viruses such as HPV/Human Papilloma Virus which can cause throat cancer.
Journal of the American Geriatric Society says poororal health can cause dementia/reduced memory!
7. Rheumatoid arthritis
Arthritis foundation says having a good oral health helps you have healthy joints. Higher the number of loose teeth, higher are the chances of joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Gum diseases can increase your chances of Rheumatoid arthritis by four times.
(Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease wherein there are aching joints due to inflammation and gum inflammation can worsen that.)
Remember to meet your dentist every six months. It helps you: