You probably didn’t realize your oral health has an impact on your general health. Your mouth is the main entrance to your digestive and respiratory systems. By brushing and flossing regularly, you can keep bacteria from spreading on your body. On the other hand, bacteria can lead to infections like gum diseases if there is poor oral hygiene.
When there is bacteria build up in our teeth, it makes our gums prone to infection. Once our immune system detects this infection, it defends the gums, which can result in inflammation. The chemical reaction that happens in your mouth can destroy the gums and bones later on. The result is a severe case of gum disease, which is periodontitis.
The bacteria that enter your bloodstream can travel to different parts of your body and even harm your other body organs if they can roam free. Due to your body’s efforts to eliminate these bacteria, you become more prone to other illnesses. Improved oral health will also result in better overall health.