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Taking Care Of Oral Health For Well Being Of General Health

by Sakshi Patkar
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Oral health
Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. A healthy mouth enables not only the nutrition of the physical bod, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being. The mouth serves as a “window” to the rest of the body, providing signals of general health disorders.
Oral conditions have an impact on overall health and disease. Bacteria from the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body when the immune system has been compromised by disease or medical treatments.
What conditions can be linked to oral health?
1-Endocarditis
Endocarditis
 This infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.
2-Pneumonia
Pneumonia
Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases
3-Pregnancy and birth complications
Periodontitis(oral problem) has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
4-Cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular disease
Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries,  and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
5-Diabetes
By reducing the body’s resistance to infection, diabetes puts your gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes.
6-Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer's disease
Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, and it can even increase with longer duration.
7-Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis
This bone-weakening disease is linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Certain drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.
8-Preterm birth
Preterm birth
Severe gum disease may increase the risk of preterm delivery and giving birth to a low birth weight baby.
Other conditions
Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers and an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth.
How to protect oral health
•Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush using fluoride toothpaste.
•Floss daily.
•Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
•Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars.
•Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn.
•Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
•Avoid tobacco use.
•Avoid junk food
•Avoid alcohol
Oral diseases are the most common noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and affect people throughout their lifetime, causing pain, discomfort, disfigurement and even death. So one must take care of his oral health for well being of general health.