This new decade that we are just stepping into could be devoted to seeing more clearly. Since 20/20 vision is good, normal vision, it makes sense. But, I would like to suggest that this be the decade devoted to the mouth and to excellent dental health. It’s becoming more and more clear that oral health is the key to the body’s overall health. In fact, the Mayo Clinic, named the best hospital in the nation and ranked No. 1 in more specialties than any other hospital in the country, has quite a bit to say on the topic of oral health. They agree that an investment in your “oral health is an investment in your overall health.”
Put your money where your mouth is and improve your health this year and for the rest of your life. Take it from the Mayo Clinic, then take that information to your dentist your first and best line of defense when it comes to your health.
The following is from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475
What conditions can be linked to oral health?
Your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:
- This infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.
- Cardiovascular disease.Although the connection is not fully understood, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
- Pregnancy and birth complications.Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
- Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
Certain conditions also might affect your oral health, including:
- By reducing the body’s resistance to infection, diabetes puts your gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes.
Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels. Regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control.
- HIV/AIDS.Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
- This bone-weakening disease is linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Certain drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.
- Alzheimer’s disease.Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.
Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers and an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth (Sjogren’s syndrome).