The Link between Bad Oral hygiene and Health Issues. (30/04/24)

The Link between Oral Health and Wellbeing

Did you know that there is a direct link between good oral hygiene and your overall wellbeing?

Well there is and we think it’s really important for you to understand this connection.

We already know that good oral hygiene is essential for a healthy mouth however most people don’t realise the impact oral health has on your overall health and wellbeing. Research papers have been written that demonstrate this link.

Oral Health and Heart Health

A few studies have shown a link between gum disease and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke. A study published by the American Heart Association found that those with periodontitis had a higher risk of developing heart disease than those with healthy gums. It is believed that inflammation and bacteria from the gums might play a role in the development of cardiovascular disease. Another recent study examined this link more closely and tried to find out the actual cause of this correlation : Cardiovascular and Oral Health Study

Oral Health and Diabetes

Research has shown that those with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease and those with gum disease are more likely to develop diabetes. If your diabetes is not controlled well, this can lead to increased levels of glucose in the saliva. This provides an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive which leads to gum inflammation.  On the flip side, gum disease makes it more difficult to control blood sugar levels which could worsen diabetes symptoms. Looking after your oral health as a diabetic is so important if you wish to avoid complications. Diabetes and Oral Health Study

Oral Health and Respiratory Health

A link has been found between poor oral health and infections of the respiratory system. Bacteria from the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs leading to infections such as pneumonia. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable. Read this really interesting research paper from the UK.  Respiratory and Oral Health Research Study

Oral Health and Mental Wellbeing

Some studies have pointed towards a connection between poor oral health and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Persistent oral infections and gum disease could contribute to systemic inflammation which has been link to mood issues. Equally if someone is suffering from mental health issues, they may start to neglect their oral health which simply exacerbates their mental health issues.  Another useful study for you to look at: Mental Health and Oral Health.

These are just a handful of studies that have been done, but these show you the extensive research that has been done into the correlation between oral health and wellbeing.

Now we understand more about the link between oral health and our general wellbeing, we owe it to ourselves to have the best oral care routine we can. This involves:

  • Floss
  • Rinse with mouthwash
  • Tongue scrape
  • Rinse with mouthwash again
  • Brush

If you already use ProFresh Mouthwash you know you are already taking an important step towards maintaining good oral health which of course has a positive effect on your general wellbeing.

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