“A healthy mind in a healthy body” is old news. Now doctors and dentists, including paediatricians and pediatric dentists are telling us we must also have a healthy mouth for a healthy body.
Even though our country’s systems treat oral health differently from general health, modern science keeps showing us more and more evidence that our mouth health and body health are related in so many ways. Our general health as well as what we eat and drink plays a role in keeping our teeth and mouth healthy. In the same way, if we have dental caries, gum disease and other oral infections, these can undermine our general health in many ways. Dentists and doctors call this the mouth-body connection.
Here are few things we know about the mouth-body connection :
- It affects us even before we are conceived. Gum disease can make it difficult for women to conceive. Younger men with gum disease are at higher risk of erectile dysfunction, making it more troublesome to start a family.
- Untreated gum disease in expectant mothers is bad for both the mother and the child. It may result in preterm birth and low birth weight, among other things. Preemies and babies with low birth weight are already starting out disadvantaged. Gum disease can also lead to complications during birth endangering the mother’s health.
- A mother or primary caregiver with dental caries or gum disease can easily pass on—with a kiss even—those bacteria to the baby setting them up on a way to less than ideal conditions all through life. In other words, caregiver’s oral health is important for the child’s health and wellbeing in the long run.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dental caries or tooth decay “affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems; such as eating, speaking, playing, and learning.”
- Tooth decay impacts children’s learning and development as kids with dental caries miss more school than others and have more difficulty catching up academically.
- Gum health and heart disease are also linked.
- People with diabetes are at higher risk of gum disease.
As we learn more and more about diseases, we will find out more ways in which oral and general health are related. FreeDentistFinder.com blog updates you regularly on the latest findings. Don’t forget to visit the FreeDentistFinder.com article archive for learning more about common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. You will also find information on treatments, cosmetic dentistry, the mouth-body connection and tooth healthy nutrition and tips for the whole family, including babies, kids, teens and seniors.
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