Without a consistent dental health routine of brushing, flossing, and mouthwash, you’ll leave your teeth and gums suffering. However, dental problems can also be the result of non-dental diseases and illness. Here are three common health problems that impact or are impacted by the health of your teeth and gums:
Endocarditis: This common heart ailment occurs when the heart becomes lined with bacteria that travel from various parts of your body, including your mouth. The bacteria travel through your body’s bloodstream and set up shop in your heart’s inner lining. When you fail to take care of your dental health, your heart can fall victim to poor dental habits.
Diabetes: Patients diagnosed with diabetes must pay special attention to the health of their gums. Because diabetes lowers your body’s ability to fight off infection, gums are more prone to infection. Researchers have linked high blood sugar levels to gum disease in patients with diabetes, so your dentist will need to pay special attention to their care.
Osteoporosis: Often linked to low calcium and Vitamin D levels, osteoporosis is a condition of weakened bone density. Patients diagnosed with osteoporosis may find their dental health suffering as well, as periodontal bone loss can lead to tooth loss.
When you visit Livonia Family Dental, you will want to share a complete medical history with your dentist. Our goal is to provide superior dental services. Your entire body will benefit from our excellent dental care!