Your oral health and your immune system are intimately connected, and most problems with dental health are due to bacterial buildup. If you let bacteria build up in your mouth, it can increase your risk of developing health problems that include respiratory disease, heart disease, dementia and diabetes.
Your mouth is perfect for bacteria to thrive because it’s warm and moist, and is why it’s crucial to brush your teeth twice daily and to floss once-a-day. If you fail to do this, the bacteria in your mouth will inflame your gums, causing them to bleed. Once this happens, bacteria can easily enter your bloodstream, promoting an immune response from your body.
This response creates inflammation, which is a perfectly natural response in the short term. However, the longer your body produces this immune response, the higher the levels of a protein called C-reactive protein in your bloodstream. Eventually, the presence of this protein can create the ideal conditions for other health problems to arise.
Maintaining excellent oral health and seeing us regularly for checkups and cleanings will go a long way towards avoiding oral health problems while protecting your general health.