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How Oral Care Affects Overall Health

by InvisiblyMe

Today I wanted to share a guest post on something that makes me itch just thinking about it. Teeth. Oral health in particular, and how it can affect your overall health. It’ll make you want to grab your toothbrush & make that dental appointment you’ve been putting off… Not necessarily fun to think about, but important nonetheless. Enjoy!

A close up of a toothbrush against a purple background. The title is overlaid : How oral care affects overall health.

Oral Health Can Affect General Health

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is more than just having a nice smile. Every organ in the human body is interconnected and so is your mouth. Performing adequate oral care means that your immune system and overall health won’t be damaged. Likewise, a poor dental routine can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria and inflammation which might show the result in your mouth or in a completely different part of your body, such as your heart or even your brain.

Remember, it is always easier and better to prevent than to fix, as not all problems are fixable. Below we have listed some of the most relevant problems produced by lack of proper dental care but also how to prevent them.

Respiratory Issues

A close of up a woman's teeth as she smiles.

One of the first systems to show the effect of poor dental care, apart from the teeth and gums themselves, is the respiratory system. Respiratory and digestion system share some of the passageways and consequently influence each other. Saliva carrying the bad bacteria can cause inflammation in your lungs. By also lowering your immune system, the bacteria can prevent lungs and the rest of the respiratory system from fighting back. 

Cardiovascular Problems

Apart from respiratory issues, even your heart and other parts of your cardiovascular system can be in danger from improper dental hygiene.  Mouth is a home to various types of bacteria and with lack of care, the harmful ones can enter your bloodstream. They can cause arteries to clog but also they can end up in various parts of your body including your heart. By keeping your gums and teeth healthy, you can significantly lower the chance of stroke and other possible heart-related issues.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Respiratory and cardiovascular systems are only two of few which can be influenced by poor oral hygiene. Actually, continuous research has shown relations between Alzheimer’s disease and a bacteria typically found in gum infections. It seems that body’s response to the said bacteria in the brain causes problems on the cognitive level, which we link to dementia and similar conditions.


Every organ can be influenced by inadequate hygiene of your teeth, and your lungs, heart and your brain are just some of them. Even diabetes has been linked to gum diseases and it seems to be a vicious circle. People living with diabetes are more prone to gum infections, research shows, but also continuous poor cleaning routine of the teeth and mouth can further worsen diabetes.

A wind up toy set of false teeth. They're holding a mini toy donut. There are two other tiny toy sweet treats next to the teeth. They're all set on a blue background.

Proper Care

Good cleaning routine and regular self-check-ups together with professional ones are enough to prevent most of these conditions. The cleaning routine includes:

  • Brushing teeth properly twice a day
  • Flossing daily
A close up of a toothbrush and toothpaste.

As check-ups go, you can use some handy supplements like Caredent disclosing tablets which color your teeth temporarily and you can see clearly what your problem areas are when brushing and even possible places where cavities can occur. An annual visit to your dentist is always the right course of action, even if you don’t have any pains or problems. It is always best to check and possibly fix problems before they get out of hand.

Oral hygiene is much more important than you might have previously believed. Good cleaning habits can save not only your teeth and gums but also your overall health. If your oral care is not at the top of its game, you should definitely reconsider it. There is little that can be done when the bacteria from the mouth enter another part of the body and when the symptoms start showing. Prevention is always the best choice and it is easier than it seems.

Author Bio :

Helen Bradford is a journalism student who always seeks new ideas to write about.

[ This is a guest post and as such the ideas and opinions expressed are of the writer ]

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Suzanne Cox June 11, 2018 - 4:43 pm

I didn’t know about all the links between oral care and health, although I did read something about not flossing and where the bacteria could get to. Better try and maintain oral health I guess

The Lonely Author June 11, 2018 - 4:07 pm

Very in formative. I had no idea about the connection to diseases of the brain. Thank you for sharing this important post.

I tripped over a stone. June 11, 2018 - 5:31 pm

My husband worked with a 20 something female and she had lots of dental issues. She had a heart attack because of this! Dental care is usually the first expense we let go. This is a definite issue with grave side effects. I started going to a dental school so I could afford to keep up with my dental health. I have let this slip again. Thanks for the post! I will be making an appointment.

Anita Neilson June 11, 2018 - 4:33 pm

Goodness me! Where’s my floss?

Margaret June 11, 2018 - 5:18 pm

This is so very true, Caz. Our teeth and gums effect our whole body.

Comedy Plus June 11, 2018 - 9:10 pm

This is so very true. Goes for us humans and our four legged family members too. Great post.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

dinosaursdonkeysandms June 11, 2018 - 9:57 pm

Very informative post. I knew dental health did affect overall health, but I didn’t realise it did in so many ways! I’m heading for my toothbrush now! xxx

Richa June 11, 2018 - 10:55 pm

Wonderful, informative post! 🙂

Ana June 12, 2018 - 1:27 am

I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award 🙂


InvisiblyMe June 15, 2018 - 5:54 pm

That’s very kind, thank you! 🙂

Nisha June 12, 2018 - 2:16 am

wow ! that was great information .Thanks for sharing .I had heard about the cardiovascular effects but not others. It is definitely an eye opener!

Terri, Reclaiming HOPE June 12, 2018 - 1:10 pm

As much as I hate going to the dentist I put on my big girl panties and do it anyway…. It’s so important to our overall health, and problems are so much easier to deal with if they’re caught early. I’m lucky – I have a great dentist and hygienist. They know I don’t like being there, but they don’t hold it against me.????

Cobwebs June 13, 2018 - 8:40 am

What a great post, Caz. I had no idea about some of these things.
Well done on bringing this to your blog!
love~ Cobs. xxx

lynnabbottstudios June 13, 2018 - 6:26 pm

Wow! Who knew how it impacts everything! Thank you for this informative post! Excellent. <3 <3

gerri spiers June 13, 2018 - 7:59 pm

Really good post I suffer from gum disease and currently receiving dental treatment for this. I was very surprised about all the health issues and so glad I am resolving my dental problems.

Thank you for posting.

Lindsay June 16, 2018 - 3:37 am

it’s amazing how many other seeming unrelated body systems our teeth can affect! i keep floss in my desk at work and have gotten great at flossing regularly because of it!


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