What your teeth may be telling you?

“What does my mouth have to do with my overall health?" you might ask...

Well, more than you might have imagined ...

How can we prevent the bad guys from taking over? Keep up with the basics:

“What does my mouth have to do with my overall health?" you might ask...

Well, more than you might have imagined ...

- Brush at least twice a day

- Floss daily

- Eat well-plenty of fruits and vegetables

- Use a mouthwash with fluoride

- Check-in with the dentist twice per year at a minimum

What your teeth may be telling you?

Oral health, which includes your mouth, teeth, and gums, can be an indicator or an actual sign of other health problems (or a warning of what's to come). From chronic conditions to lesser-known connections to oral health, here are some of the ways your mouth may be sending you messages.

A little bit about bacteria:

We know our mouths are hubs for bacteria – largely the good kind – but because the mouth serves as the gateway to the digestive and respiratory systems, striking that “good balance" of bacteria is key. So too much bad bacteria built up in the mouth can cause a whole host of issues - including oral infections, periodontitis (gum disease), and/or tooth decay. No fun.

Oral health connections:

Some health issues have true connections to oral health, and in some cases, one actually influences the other.

Mental health issues:

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders have a connection to dental diseases. Losing interest in self-care and daily hygiene can result in more cavities and gum disease.


Defined by bone loss and bone-weakening, this disease has been commonly linked to bone loss of the jaw, as well as tooth loss.


If you've been diagnosed with diabetes or have a hard time controlling your glucose levels, you're at greater risk for gum (periodontal) disease. Diabetes puts you at higher risk for gum and bone infections, which can lead to tooth loss, persistent bad breath, problems chewing, and interference with gum healing (even when treated).

Immune-related conditions:

Autoimmune disorders like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Celiac disease, as well as some cancers and HIV/AIDS which can cause compromised immunity, may make it harder to fight off infection (like too much bad bacteria in your mouth).

When oral health goes south:

Body organs and systems can be impacted by less-than-optimal oral health.

Coronary arterial disease:

Clogged arteries have been closely linked to tooth loss and gum disease.

Heart infections (or endocarditis):

Bacteria from your mouth travels through your bloodstream and lands inside the lining of the heart, which can negatively affect heart valves. If you needed yet another reason to pick up that floss every night, cardiovascular disease and clogged arteries have been linked to the "inflammation and infections” caused by oral bacteria.


Similar to the way bacteria can travel to your heart, germs from your mouth can also land in your lungs and cause pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses.

At-risk pregnancy:

If you have a history of gum disease, keep in mind the risks of low birth weight or premature birth, and talk to your doctor and dentist about these potential complications.


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