Dental Hygiene Is the First Step to Prevent Systemic Diseases
The latest research confirms dental hygiene is one of the most important steps for preventing systemic diseases. Maintaining a thorough dental hygiene is a valid addition to the healthy lifestyle as preventive measures of systemic diseases, confirms the new studies.
We are aware of the manifestations of systemic diseases in the mouth. For instance, chronic periodontitis is the sixth most prevalent complication of diabetes. In fact, the oral manifestation could be the first sign which prompts the investigation of diabetes.
Several studies have also confirmed a better oral hygiene makes it easier to control systemic diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes. Clearly, when there is a better dental hygiene, it shows up with better follow-up reports of other existing diseases. The harmful oral bacteria and the toxins released by them are the ones responsible. The inflammation in the mouth spreads to other parts of the body giving rise to diseases as well as making it difficult to control them.
Here are few more facts stated:
The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health confirms the infection in the mouth significantly contributes to the following medical conditions:
- Cardiovascular Diseases such as high BP, heart attacks, and heart failures
- Stroke/ brain hemorrhage
- Preterm birth
- Kidney disease
- Alzheimer’s/ severe dementia
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Other inflammatory conditions
A postgraduate medical journal states when you chew, the following oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream and cause systemic diseases:
- Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans
- Porphyromonas gingivalis
- Tannerella forsythia
- Fusobacterium nucleatum
- Treponema denticola
Also, a latest study called BaleDoneen study reveals the mechanism in which periodontal pathogens lead to diseases: They increase atherosclerosis!
Here’s a triad of findings:
- Chronic periodontitis sufferers carry twice the amount of LDL (which is responsible for atherosclerosis) in their blood than their counterparts.
- Periodontal pathogens make the blood vessel walls more accessible to LDL, so LDL can settle down there easily.
- The oral pathogens also make the atherosclerotic plaque very sticky like Velcro. The stickiness allows more and more LDL to deposit in the blood vessel walls further narrowing the lumen.
A 2016 meta-analysis which pooled studies of more than 7,000 people confirmed those with periodontitis were more than twice as likely to suffer heart attacks, compared to those with healthy gums!
Brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and regular dental check-ups spread at an interval of six months at least:
- Helps in the prevention of systemic diseases
- Aids in the improvement of existing diseases
The right brushing and flossing techniques are not only essential for the oral health but also for the overall health!