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Oral health: a window to your overall health

In our quest for well-being, the importance of oral health is often underestimated, even though it plays a crucial role in our overall health. At Dental Geneva, we know that the health of the mouth is a mirror of our general health condition. In this article, I will explain why impeccable oral hygiene is not limited to an attractive smile but is a fundamental pillar of our well-being.

Oral health and cardiovascular diseases

These findings reinforce the importance of increased vigilance and meticulous care of our oral health, emphasizing its pivotal role in maintaining overall health, including that of our heart.

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Researchers at EPFL have found that an infection with a common bacterium associated with periodontal disease, oral cancers, and bad breath increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Oral health and musculoskeletal disorders

Periodontitis, severe inflammation of the tissues around the teeth, has been identified as a potentially aggravating factor for individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. This connection is based on the common inflammatory nature of both diseases, where chronic inflammation and exacerbated immune responses play a central role.

Rigorous oral hygiene and regular periodontal care can improve periodontal health and contribute to reducing the symptoms and severity of rheumatoid arthritis.

Oral health and type 2 diabetes

Conversely, periodontal diseases can exacerbate diabetes. The inflammation caused by gum diseases can increase insulin resistance and, consequently, worsen glycemic control in diabetic individuals.

Oral health and respiratory diseases

The mouth can act as a reservoir for pathogenic bacteria which, when inhaled, can worsen or trigger infections in the respiratory tract, especially in individuals already vulnerable due to pre-existing conditions.

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Illustration ©Information Dentaire n°13 – March 30, 2022

Oral health and pregnancy

Research also suggests that bacteria from periodontal infections can enter the bloodstream, reach the uterus, and stimulate the production of chemicals like prostaglandins, suspected of triggering premature labor.

Smoking and oral health

Smoking affects not only the aesthetic of the smile due to tooth discoloration but also significantly increases the risk of periodontal diseases, tooth loss, and even oral cancers.

Tobacco interferes with the function of gingival cells, compromising the mouth’s ability to heal and defend against infections. This, combined with reduced blood flow, creates an ideal environment for plaque accumulation and the development of gingival inflammation. Smokers are therefore much more likely to develop periodontal diseases than non-smokers, often in more severe and treatment-resistant forms.

Moreover, the toxic chemicals present in tobacco smoke can cause mutations in the cells of the oral mucosa, potentially leading to precancerous or cancerous lesions.

Diseases linked to poor oral health

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Moreover, oral health is closely linked to the risk of developing cancers in the upper aerodigestive tract. Chronic inflammation and exposure to carcinogens in the mouth can increase the risk of these types of cancers.

The illustration above highlights the deep interconnection between oral health and the major non-communicable diseases, emphasizing the modifiable risk factors we share. This idea underlines the importance of taking care of our health as a whole, showing that healthy habits and good dental hygiene are essential to avoid many serious diseases.

Towards optimal overall health: the commitment of Dental Geneva

Our oral health is about much more than aesthetics; it’s crucial for our general well-being. If you have any doubts about your oral health or want to learn more about how to reduce these risks, don’t hesitate to quickly make an appointment with Dental Geneva. We are dedicated to guiding you toward optimal oral health, which in turn, contributes to protecting your overall health.

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