If you’re not properly brushing your teeth every day, there is a good chance that the bacteria left in your mouth can go on to make you feel ill.
More and more studies are linking poor dental care and periodontitis to serious health concerns, yet many people don’t realize that the reason they feel ill so often is directly related to something going on in the teeth and gums.
The State of Your Mouth
Right now, there are some 500 species of bacteria that call you mouth home. Don’t let that upset you, though. This is all perfectly normal. This is where they have always lived, and as long as long as you’re keeping on your daily dental health routines, they are simply doing the things that nature put them there to do.
However, if you’re not keeping up with your oral hygiene, that’s when these same bacteria start to build up on your teeth and along the gum line to cause gingivitis and periodontitis.
Again, this is something that, if caught fast enough, can be corrected. However, if it’s not properly treated, it could start making you sick.
How Does Naturally Occurring Bacteria Make You Sick?
Most of the time, the bacteria in your mouth stays right there. Unfortunately, there are times and potential ways that it could enter your blood stream and start to cause more problems for the rest of your body.
If you are dealing with gum disease, even routine brushing can open up a potential entry point for bacteria to get into your blood stream. If your immune system is healthy enough, this usually isn’t a problem, but if it has been weakened for any reason, these bacteria could start making you feel sick.
What Problems Could Be Caused by Dental Bacteria?
There are a lot of potential issues that can result from poor dental hygiene, and there are several places where you can get a full list of problems.
A cavity can lead to an infection, and these infections can lead to pain, inflammation in the mouth or face, and pus formation at the tooth site.
Other people report feeling nauseous or feverish. They may start vomiting or feeling chills because of high fevers.
It is also possible that periodontal disease could lead to some other significant problems.
- Heart issues – People with gum disease, according to some studies, are more likely to suffer from some kind of coronary artery disease. Some estimates say they’re almost twice as likely. While no one can say exactly why this is, the most likely explanation is that the bacteria that sneaks into the bloodstream can eventually attach to the fatty plaques in the heart’s blood vessels.
- There is a correlation with blood sugar – People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal problems than those without. This could be because diabetes makes the patient more susceptible to infections, but it also could be because gum disease makes it harder to control blood sugar.
- Respiratory issues – Gum disease may even increase the risk of respiratory infections, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. This may be a result of the bacteria in your mouth being inhaled directly into your lungs as you breathe.
Prevention is The Key
Cavities and gum disease are both caused by infections. These infections are impacting your overall health, even if you’re not feeling any immediate pain from them.
Any infection is going to tax your immune system. Your body will want to fight it. If it’s not up to the challenge, you may start noticing things like pain, fever, and other symptoms. If this problem isn’t corrected, you may start to feel even more sick as the days go by.
Most doctors don’t bother checking your teeth when you complain about these symptoms, so they may not be able to give you a good diagnosis. You need a dentist to help you correct these issues.
More importantly, you need a dentist to help you prevent the illnesses that are associated with oral bacteria. By sticking to a strict hygiene routine, you can make sure the bacteria in your mouth does not go on to cause further problems.
Be sure to contact us and set up an appointment for your regular checkup to prevent these issues and stay healthy.