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Oral Health and Your Immune System

Published on March 9th, 2020

Throughout these past few months, your immune system has probably been at the top of your minds. There is a strong connection between your oral health and the overall health and strength of your immune system. Certain conditions such as heart disease have been linked to poor oral health. As your South Loop dentist, we’re going to walk you through some of the connections between your oral health and your immune system.

Bacteria in Your Mouth

Unfortunately, our mouths are the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive as they are moist, warm, and usually have a lot of nutrients for bacteria to feed on. When we neglect to floss and brush our teeth daily, food particles left in our mouth can help bacteria grow. If bacteria grow to a certain point, the bacteria can move from the mouth to the rest of the body.

Conditions Linked to Oral Health

Poor oral health is linked to various diseases and conditions.

  • Cardiovascular disease. Although researchers do not understand the connection fully, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke can be connected to our oral health.
  • Pneumonia. When the bacteria in our mouth gets bad enough, it can eventually be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia.
  • Pregnancy complications. In certain cases, periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth rate. For more information on pregnancy and your oral health, talk to your South Loop dentist.
  • Endocarditis. Endocarditis is the infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves. This can occur when bacteria or germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream.

Contact Your South Loop Dentist

For more information on your overall oral health and how it can affect other parts of your body, contact us today.

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