Untreated Dental Problems can Increase Long Term Health Care Costs
Posted on 10/30/2019 by Aghera
Taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth in general is important enough in itself. You will protect yourself from cavities, bad breath, and gum infections.
However, did you know that there is also a relationship between an unhealthy mouth and an unhealthy body? In fact, gum disease alone can increase your chances of getting a stroke, a heart attack, or even getting preterm labor.
Your Mouth can be a Source of Infections
If you don't take good care of your mouth by brushing and flossing on a regular basis, the plaque that forms as a result can build up and create a great environment for bacteria to thrive in. These bacteria make a home for themselves in the spaces between your teeth and gums. This is what we call gingivitis and can eventually lead to periodontitis, which is an even more serious gum disease. The worst kind of gum disease, however, is known as trench mouth.
The bacteria in your mouth might also find a way into your blood stream if you have gum disease, since the gums have become weakened. The same happens when you take antibiotics or other medicines that reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth.
Without a healthy immune system, the bacteria in your mouth will easily lead to infections in other areas of your body, causing diseases in the heart and elsewhere.
The trick with teeth is to treat everything early. Even something as simple as a cavity in your tooth, when allowed to grow, can infiltrate your tooth and the bacteria can find their way into your nerves and perhaps even your blood stream. The result is that more and more complicated procedures are required to treat the resulting conditions.
In the worst case, an infection can lead to oral cancer or some other form of cancer in the body, leading to extremely high medical cost and a severely impacted health.
It is extremely important that you not only take care of your mouth to prevent disease, but also get them regularly checked so that any issues that arise can be dealt with early. That is why we advise you to visit our offices at least once every six months for a dental checkup. It saves you a ton of money later on.