he mouth is known as the window to your overall health because any kind of nutritional deficiency or infection would also show up in the mouth. The mouth is also a home to countless bacteria which is linked to tooth decay and periodontal disease. The problems in your mouth, teeth and gums can therefore affect the rest of your body too.

Let us learn more about the connection between your oral health and overall health. Your mouth contains mostly harmless bacteria, but some of these bacteria can cause certain diseases related to digestive and respiratory tracts. This is why maintaining a good oral care routine is important. Brushing, flossing and having regular dental check ups constitute a good oral care routine. In case this routine is not followed well, there is a high risk of bacteria travelling to your digestive and respiratory tracts. It is well known that inflammation associated with oral bacteria would lead to periodontitis.

Oral problems turn severe in case of other co-morbidities like diabetes, HIV etc. The reason behind this is diseases such as diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV infections and AIDS lower the body’s resistance to infection and thereby increase the severity of the periodontal disease.

Studies have also proven that chronic inflammation from periodontitis results in the development of cardiovascular diseases. Oral bacteria is linked to heart disease, blockages and stroke.

What you can do

  • Prevention is an important step in maintaining your oral health. Brush your teeth twice a day thoroughly and clean your teeth in between with dental floss. Your dentist might recommend an antimicrobial mouth rinse if needed.
  • Always choose dental products which are sealed by the ADA- American Dental Association.
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals. Limit processed food and drinks.
  • Professional dental cleanings are very much necessary to remove tartar and plaque.
  • Visit your dentist immediately in case you have swollen, tender or bleeding gums, gap between gums or gums and teeth, pus between gums and teeth, bad breath which doesn’t go away, biting issues, loose teeth or change in the fit of your dentures.


For more details please check the link https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475