Undesirably, significant oral health disparities persist all over the world today, caused by complicated economic and social problems that finally affect use of effective dental hygiene.
Your smile is usually the first thing people notice… however, it goes beyond that it seems. Busy lifestyle and “other priorities” are getting sometimes in the way from letting you visit your dentist and build healthier habits to keep your teeth healthy.
It is usually too late when we realize what negative impact a poor oral care can have towards our physical health, our social and emotional well-being. People who suffer the worst are those with low incomes, children and seniors.
How does having proper oral care matter?
Let’s take people suffering from diabetes for example; increased sugar levels have a negative effect on oral health by increasing the chance of cavities, gum diseases and bone reduction. Diabetics who have gum diseases realize it’s far tougher to control their sugar levels.
Periodontal disease is perhaps the scariest, is basically a bacteria (that is formed when your teeth build-up plaque), which cause irritation to the gums and then infection inside the gums as well as the bones that supports your teeth.
How can oral health affect pregnancy?
Studies indicate that possessing periodontal condition (a disease that affect the structures of teeth) can slightly improve the chance of your baby to be born smaller and/or early.
Researchers also believe that disease causing organisms (bacteria) in a pregnant woman’s mouth may wind up in the amniotic fluid or placenta contributing to pre-mature birth. A kenora dentist (from Ontario) discovered that the bacteria produced by cavities are directly related to birth anomalies.
Unfortunately, treating gum disease during pregnancy may already be too late, because the bacteria is already in the bloodstream and thus spread throughout the body.
Make sure you are seen by your dentist if you having any of the signs around those oral health problems. Most dental treatments, including antibiotics, are safe when you’re pregnant.