5 years ago on December 7, 2015
I had a weird dream last night. I jumped high, lost my balance, and my face slammed on the floor. In my hand are my two bloody front teeth. I freaked out.
Good thing, I woke up. I checked my mouth. And seen disgusting particles between my teeth. To my surprise, I failed to clean my mouth.
Surely, millions of bacteria build up overnight. Yuck!
As bacteria doubles their propagation every second, our mouth becomes a sanitary landfill – full of dirt, toxins and microbes that we swallow every time we eat. While some attacks our immune system making our gums inflamed. Thus, occurs periodontitis.
Not all high are good
Bacon and egg for breakfast. Adobo for lunch. Chicharon for snack. Lobsters for dinner. Mouthwatering? Sure. But recent studies have shown that eating too much of these will cause high blood sugar triggering gum infection.
“Periodontal disease further complicates diabetes because the inflammation impairs the body’s ability to utilize insulin,” says Pamela McClain, DDS, President of American Academy of Periodontology.
As inflammation in mouth increased, our body’s ability to control high blood sugar decreased. In such case, gum disease disturbed the process of sugar due to lack of hormone that converted to energy.
Your mouth can hurt your heart
Up to this day, cardiologists and periodontics have been studying the connection of our mouth to cardiovascular diseases. Though under review, frequent analysis showed gum infection had a direct role in increasing the risk of heart disease.
“The theory is that, inflammation in the mouth causes inflammation in blood vessels which controls blood to travel between the heart and the rest of the body, raising blood pressure,” Sally Cram, DDS, PC, Consumer Advisor for the American Dental Association explained.
Periodontitis are commonly noticed to 91% of patients suffering heart ailments against 66% without heart disease.
“There’s also a greater risk that fatty plaque will break off the wall of a blood vessel and travel to the heart or the brain, causing a heart attack or stroke,” Cram stated.
In support to what Cram noted, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)  said gum disease is an important risk factor for diseases involving blood vessels and arteries, which supply blood or oxygen to the brain and if regulated. It will result to stroke.
All of us are prone to cavities
Nobody sets aside rice, not even people who are on a strict-diet. As Pinoys always savor for carbohydrate-driven meals which, unfortunately, can cause massive teeth cavities.
Gingivitis, an oral infection that causes gums to turn red, bleed and sore are more likely to be the case of extra-rice eaters.
Not only that, even pregnant women who suffer morning sickness can have an oral disease, as acid reflux in the mouth can eat the tooth enamel.
But oral disease is not limited to rice-lovers and pregnant women. Men, are most likely at risk.
The holistic factor? Smoking.
The more cigarettes you smoke, the greater risk for gum disease. And as gum disease fights harder and your immune system give up, health complication blows.
Maybe that will make you quit smoke.
Why you should worry more
More diseases have been perceived to be connecting the mouth and the body.
Experts reviewed that treating periodontal disease can reduce pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
Moreover, some reviews shown that gum disease possibly intensified the amount of bacteria in the lungs that leads to pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Aside from pulmonary disease and arthritis, two other studies have supported the link between gum disease and obesity. As it appears that periodontitis progresses more quickly in the presence of higher body fat.
So, with all that evidence, what should you choose: To brush or not to brush?
You don’t have any other option, just consult your dentist and to brush.
Medix. Your Digital Clinic Manager.
Sign-up now at www.medix.ph