The American Academy of Periodontology claims that 50% of the respondents of a survey stated that a person’s smile is the first thing they notice when meeting someone for the first time. While your teeth play a primary role in establishing a positive public image, they also greatly affect your overall health.
The Connection Between Oral Health and Your Body
Tooth decay and gum diseases are the common oral problems in Canada. Like other parts of the body, the human mouth also has many bacteria. A majority of the oral bacteria are harmless. Regular brushing, flossing, and body’s immune system prevent activity of harmful bacteria in mouth.
Human mouth produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, which is required to wash away toxins, neutralize food, and reduce microbial invasion. Healthy saliva also reduces inflammation and prevents gum diseases.
Alongside these facts, it is also important to remember that everything that reaches your stomach and kidneys first passes through the mouth.
Your Mouth Reveals Oral Signs and Symptoms of Different Diseases
Your mouth may serve as a signal system to identify your body’s condition. The Academy of General Dentistry reveals that around 90% of the diseases show early symptoms via mouth. This is why; most of the diseases can be easily detected with saliva tests.
The early symptoms of AIDS linked with mouth include mouth ulcers, sore throat, sore mouth, and purple, pink, red or brown blotches inside mouth. The early symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, reduces saliva production, dry mouth, and frequent blisters in mouth.
The antibodies in saliva defend against viral pathogens including HIV. It also inhibits the growth of natural fungus called Candida. Oral thrush is a symptom of overgrown fungi or virus.
When and How Your Mouth Becomes a Source of Infection?
Regular tooth brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits help remove the bacteria that hide and accumulate in spaces, which are difficult to approach including spaces between teeth. Overtime, this can lead to gum diseases, starting with gingivitis, periodontitis, and eventually trench mouth.
Gingivitis – It is a gum infection caused when plaque builds up along the gum line, creating space for more bacteria.
Periodontitis – It is the second stage of Gingivitis.
Trench Mouth – Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis or trench mouth is the extreme form of gingivitis.
Regular doctor’s visit can help improve your oral hygiene and establish a healthy link between your mouth and body.
Does Plaque Cause Common Conditions?
Thousands of bacteria (around 500 species) thrive in the human mouth. When you eat food, the bacteria release acids to attack teeth and form dental plaque — a sticky and colorless film that builds on teeth. These acids demineralise teeth and form cavities, if left untreated. Apart from gum inflammation and periodontal disease, this plaque also clogs the arteries.
If left unchecked, plaque hardens into tartar and ultimately leads to further build up of plaque, more tartar, and bone degradation and separation of teeth from gums.