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How Your Dental Health Impacts You

Posted on 7/18/2022 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
How Your Dental Health Impacts YouYou are probably aware that your entire skeletal system is connected. Your neck bone is connected to your shoulder bone, your shoulder bone is connected to your arm bone which is connected to your elbow, and so on. In the same way, your dental health can affect your general health.

Unhealthy gums have a great potential of causing health complications such as heart disease, and dementia among many more. We discuss the health complication caused by poor dental hygiene in this article.

Heart disease

Gum disease arises when bacteria accumulate in your gum line causing them to become swollen and bleed easily. When gum disease progresses to a severe level, the bacteria get into the blood and are carried to the arteries in your heart.

The presence of bacteria in the arteries of the heart may cause plaque to build up and thicken in the arteries resulting in poor blood flow. Poor blood flow makes you more susceptible to stroke and heart attack.


Our specialists inform us that since all parts of the body are connected, bacteria from gingivitis may be carried through the blood to the brain. Our experts ascertain that the presence of bacteria in the brain leads to the development of dementia, also known as Alzheimer's disease.


Severe gum disease makes controlling your blood sugar level harder. Poor control of your sugar levels may cause your diabetes to worsen. In addition, we have observed that having diabetes makes you more susceptible to gum disease. These two diseases are interdependent.

How to prevent negative effects on your overall health

We recommend practicing healthy dental hygiene to prevent oral health issues from affecting your general health. You should also consider visiting our offices at least twice each year for regular cleanings to keep your gums free from bacteria.

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