Posted on 3/15/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
|Your oral health is directly related to your overall health in many ways, from your circulation to your hearing. In the most neglected cases, oral health issues can even cause death. First, however, it's important to understand how problems in your mouth can cause illness and disease in all areas of your body.
The Link Between Oral Health and Your Body
When bacteria builds up around your teeth and gums, it can cause both infection and inflammation in your mouth. When severe enough, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream and affect other areas of your body where disease can develop. In addition, inflammation in your body restricts your blood flow, impairing both your circulation and healing.
What Dental Issues Can Become Deadly?
All oral health diseases and conditions that can lead to death are largely preventable or are easily treated in their early stages. They may include:
When dental caries (tooth decay) or gum disease is left untreated and a pocket of pus develops, the cavity has advanced to a dental abscess, also known as an abscessed tooth, which can be a life-threatening condition.
According to the Institute of Odontology, those with periodontitis are at risk for premature death due to diseases of the digestive and circulatory systems, as well as neoplasms, which are abnormal growths often characteristic of cancer. A chronic inflammatory condition affecting the gums and connective tissue around the teeth, periodontitis increases the risk of death by 12 percent, according to one study.
When we perform a routine exam, we will always examine your mouth thoroughly for signs of oral cancer. According to the oral cancer foundation, almost 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with some type of oral cancer this year and will cause approximately 9,750 deaths. Of the 53,000 diagnosed, only just over half will be alive more than 5 years.
All of these conditions typically occur due to a lack of dental care, with smaller oral issues turning into life-threatening conditions. This is why it's important to be diligent with your oral care routine and keep up with regular visits to your office.
Please contact us if you are concerned with tooth decay that may lead to more serious oral health issues.