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How does your oral health impact physical health? Let’s find out!

How does your oral health impact physical health? Let’s find out!

  • June 24, 2021

The World Health Organization defines oral health in terms of general, physical, psychological and social well-being. Teeth and gums speak volumes about the overall physiological well-being. The manifestation of our internal health can be observed through notable changes in teeth, gums or tongue. A similar manifestation has been seen in a case of tooth enamel defect associated with renal disease called Nephrocalcinosis.

There is a negative effect of poor oral health on physical fitness. The oral conditions that strongly affect physical strength were malocclusion and periodontal disease, whereas endodontic disease alone was reported not associated with poor physical performance.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum disease, and has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment.

Oral health is integral to general health. Tooth loss is directly associated with deteriorating diet and compromised nutrition,which can impair general health and exacerbate existing health conditions. Further, the mouth is often an entry point for infections, which may spread to other parts of the body. International research indicates there are associations between chronic oral infections and heart and lung diseases, stroke, low birth–weight and premature births. Associations between periodontal disease and diabetes have also been noted in international literature.

Studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) might play a role in some diseases. And certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

The oral cavity is the first component of the digestive tract, which is delimited by the lips anteriorly and the oropharynx posteriorly. The oral cavity functions as a protective barrier and is an essential component for speech and swallowing, mastication, digestion, and taste sensation.

The oral examination comprises a uniform and consistent inspection of the head and neck and an intraoral evaluation of the hard and soft tissues (see the images below) in conjunction with a thorough medical and dental history. The entire mouth should be inspected regardless of the patient’s chief complaint and reasons for the visit. 

Visit Radix Cosmo dental for regular oral health checkups. We ensure that in the times of pandemic you stay safe, at least when you visit our clinic. Our dental chairs, instruments are properly sanitized and safe to use. Our dentists wear PPE kits, gloves, masks and head covers at all times! Stay safe, keep smiling!