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Teeth could be the cause of health problems

We all know the importance of having a happy healthy smile. But showing off those pearly whites is not only aesthetically pleasing, having a healthy mouth is also incredibly important to the health if the rest of your body. I’m not just talking about cavities or bad breath although, those are obviously two side effects of improper oral care. Ignoring your teeth and gum health can lead to other very serious health issues.

Dementia: poor oral health can affect the brain. Substances that are released from gums inflamed by infection can actually kill brain cells and lead to memory loss. Dementia and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease can result from gingivitis when the bacteria in the mouth spreads to the nerve channels or enters the bloodstream.

Cardiovascular problems: having poor oral health puts a person at risk for heart disease. If the gums are inflamed due to the bacteria that causes periodontal disease, that same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and harden. This hardening of the arteries is called atherosclerosis, and it is very serious. It leads to blood flow problems and heart blockages, and it increases the likelihood of having a heart attack. The damaging impact on the arteries and blood vessels can lead to hypertension and increase the risk for strokes.

Diabetes: not only are diabetics already more susceptible to infection such as infected gums that lead to periodontal disease, but periodontal disease can in turn make diabetes more difficult to control. Symptoms can worsen as blood sugar levels go haywire because of gum disease. It is especially important for diabetics to take good care of their oral health to prevent complications with their disease. Because gum disease can lead to higher than normal blood sugar levels, a person with poor oral health is at an increased risk of developing diabetes.

Infertility: there is a link between poor oral health and problems with infertility in women. Gum disease can lead to various overall health issue that can make it more difficult for a woman to conceive and sustain a healthy pregnancy.

Teeth are related to Kidneys and gums to Spleen/Stomach. In TICM, we do not believe in root canals or implants, worst case scenario best to have the tooth taken out. Post to follow.

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