Dental problems and overall health

If you have dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease or infections, can they affect your health in general? Yes they can!

Dental health and body health are linked. The mouth should be considered like an open door to all kinds of infections that can eventually reach other organs in the body. Most dental problems are caused by bacteria and other harmful micro-organisms. Those bugs can be the cause of dental cavities, gum disease, and abscesses.

If these dental problems are not taken care of, oral bugs that are harmful can enter the blood stream and spread to other places. There is medical proof that some systemic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, can be caused or complicated by such oral infections.

Full article: Is there a Relationship between Dental Problems and Overall Health Problems?
In French: Problèmes dentaires et problèmes de santé

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4 thoughts on “Dental problems and overall health

    • That is great. If your dentist suspects anything from the blood tests, he can quickly refer to the physician. I guess blood tests can be done on people who have advanced gum disease who might be more at risk for diabetes and heart problems.

      Thanks for sharing, and love your website at Healthy Heart Dentistry 🙂

  1. I personally know two people who have had dental problems that, in the opinions of their doctors, helped lead to heart problems later on. Bacteria from the mouth that enters the bloodstream can eventually attach to fatty plaques already present in the arteries of the body and worsen these conditions. It can increase the risk of stroke for the same reasons.

    Fortunately dental problems are relatively easy to address; more so than other causes of these conditions.

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