How Can Oral Health Affect Your Immune System?

How Can Oral Health Affect Your Immune System?

It’s easy to think your oral health is a separate entity, but it’s closely connected to your general health. Scientists are discovering more connections each day, and currently, poor oral health is linked to diabetic complications, heart disease, respiratory disease and dementia. It has even been linked to problems in pregnant women that can affect the unborn baby’s immune system. The connection is all because of bacteria in your mouth.

The warm moist environment of your mouth is perfect for bacteria to thrive. Most bacteria are removed by tooth brushing and flossing regularly, but if they aren’t, they can quickly grow out of control. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can cause periodontal or gum disease. What’s worse is that gum disease creates open wounds in your gums so that these bacteria can enter your bloodstream. Once in your blood, these bacteria promote an immune response from your body, prompting it to release a substance called C-reactive protein or CRP. Initially, the presence of this protein isn’t harmful, but if it is released continually, there is a risk it can cause other health problems.

You can avoid oral health problems by making sure you visit us regularly here at Complete Dental and by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once-a-day.