Relation of Oral Health with Body's Overall HealthAuthor(s): Tom Collins
Your mouth, like other parts of your body, is teeming with germs, most of which are harmless. However, because your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory systems, some of these bacteria can cause illness. Bacteria are normally kept under control by the body's natural defences and regular oral health care, such as frequent brushing and flossing. Without adequate dental hygiene, bacteria can build up to the point where they cause oral infections including tooth decay and gum disease. Decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics, and antidepressants, among other drugs, might lower saliva flow. Saliva sweeps away food and neutralises acids created by bacteria in the mouth, assisting in the protection of the body against microorganisms that reproduce and cause disease.
Oral germs and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) may play a role in several disorders, according to research. Furthermore, certain disorders, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can reduce the body's response to infection, making oral health issues worse.