Oral Health Can Affect Your General Health

Oral Health Can Affect Your General Health

Oral Health Can Affect Your General Health

St. Lawrence Dentistry focuses on treating inflammation in gums because it affects your vascular health.

For many years doctors have studied the strong link between cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, smoking, stress, diabetes, and obesity. Cardiovascular disease is a condition which narrows your blood vessels, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. There is also a correlation between oral hygiene, smoking, and nutrition. More recently, research has shown a strong correlation between gum inflammation and diseases of the body’s blood vessels.

gum inflammation

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Types of Gingivitis

Red bleeding gums often end up causing deep periodontal pockets and eventual tooth loss. Periodontal pockets are a crevice of unattached gum around a tooth that can contain harmful bacteria. The bacteria can slowly dissolve the bone around the tooth, and eventually, there may not be enough bone to hold the tooth in place. Severe tooth decay can also cause inflammation in and around the teeth. Dental decay is composed of microorganisms that can eat tissue. If dental diseases are left untreated, the gums ongoing inflammation can ensue, leading to persistent bacteria spreading through your vascular system. This gum disease thus affects not only your mouth but your whole body. The inflammation damages the arteries, which can cause an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.


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Caries/Cavities Dental Treatment

Your immune system, in general, can also be weakened by gum disease or a tooth abscess. When you have bacteria in your mouth, some of your immune system capacity diverts to attending to it- taking its resources away from taking care of the rest of your body. Dr. Hawryluk Jr. said that after removing a tooth abscess, his Mississauga patients often report feeling a sense of well-being overall as their body does not have to fight the bacteria anymore.


A  European study reported that citizens with gingivitis and tooth decay had a mortality incidence between 20 and almost 50 percentile points higher than people without these conditions – accounted for by a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Being free from gum disease is estimated to length your lifespan by more than six years.


Going to St. Lawrence Dentistry for regular checkups can is an excellent step in helping you stop gum disease and tooth decay. We can halt dental diseases at an early stage with conservative therapy. Our dental hygienists will give individual instruction on oral hygiene and dietary issues. Use of fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day along with an antiseptic mouth rinse is often recommended. The award-winning MI paste and MI varnish products used at our Mississauga dental office are excellent steps in combating oral disease.  Tools such as the “GUM” interdental cleaners can help in certain situations.  A mat of bacteria can often be present on the tongue, contributing to generalized inflammation and bad breath.  St. Lawrence Dentistry will identify this situation if it exists and help you remedy it.

reduce inflammation

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Dental Cleanings

You may want to consider cutting out high caloric snacks between meals and eating fewer candies. Bacteria in the mouth metabolize sugar in these foods into simple sugars that can soften your teeth, leading to dental decay. An episode of sugar consumption can cause an acid state environment around your teeth, which can last for about a half-hour. In other words, if your teeth are exposed to one sugar food three times daily, your teeth could be exposed to cavity creating acids for and an hour and a day!

effect of sugar in teeth

Many medicaments cause dry mouth (xerostomia) as a side effect, and this can reduce your body’s defenses to dental diseases. Some of these are high blood pressure medications, antidepressants, atropine, and phenothiazines. Cancer patients treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy often experience dry mouth. When teeth dry out, rampant dental decay can ensue very quickly. If you are experiencing dry mouth, Dr. Hawryluk Jr. can take several steps to attenuate any dental breakdown. He may also work with your medical doctor to help restore you to proper salivary flow.

Dry Mouth

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Dry Mouth: Causes, Symptoms, Prevention And Treatment

The next time you feel tired in the evening and are thinking about skipping out on brushing and flossing, think twice! Not only does your oral hygiene routine help your teeth, but it protects your whole body from inflammation. We hope you have enjoyed this article and have a pleasant day ahead.

Reference: The Nordic Guide to Living 10 years Longer