How is Oral Health Connected to the Immune System?

How is Oral Health Connected to the Immune System?

Increasingly, we are learning far more about how oral health affects the immune system. Without good oral health, your risk of developing serious health problems increases. Heart disease, respiratory illnesses and diabetes have all been linked to poor oral health. The connection is oral bacteria.

The warm moist environment of the mouth is ideal for bacteria to thrive, and especially on leftover food particles. Unless you brush and floss frequently, these bacteria will grow out of control and can cause periodontal or gum disease and tooth decay. Without proper dental treatment, these conditions will worsen, and bacteria can move from your mouth to the rest of your body via your bloodstream. Once they are in your blood, it promotes an immune response where C-reactive protein is released from the liver. This is released whenever there is inflammation, but if it is continually released, it can set off a chain reaction that can lead to other health conditions.

It is crucial to visit a dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings and to practice good oral hygiene at home. Preventative care is by far the best approach for staying healthy. If you are due for a checkup, please contact our friendly dental team today to arrange your appointment.