The Danger Plaque Poses
The American Dental Association warns, “Research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems that are common in older adults.” Dental plaque can make its way through the bloodstream, posing a serious threat.
The plaque on your teeth is the same plaque that causes heart attacks. This plaque, when it travels through the bloodstream to the heart can cause clots and lead to a potentially fatal heart attack.
As the Massachusetts Dental Association notes, “People with periodontal (gum) disease are nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology…In addition, a study conducted by the Boston University School of Dental Medicine in 2006 stated that people who are missing some or all of their teeth due to periodontal disease are at an increased risk for having a stroke.”
Plaque is also linked to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Oral Health as a Warning Sign
Not only can poor oral health cause health conditions if left unchecked, but dental issues can also be the result of health issues. The monitoring of oral health can help detect the possibility of other concerns.
Gingivitis and periodontitis, for example, can be signs of diabetes. The American Cancer Society reports there are 35,000 cases of mouth cancer every year. With regular dental checkups, early signs of mouth, tongue and/or throat cancer can be detected.
Brushing and flossing is critical. Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc. can help. Our trained staff can assist with reminders to maintain an oral health routine, or even help with grooming. Our escort service can also make sure that clients will see their dentists regularly, and our care management team can help coordinate appointments.
Some medications have side effects such as dry mouth, that can contribute to an increase in cavities. Our home health aides can monitor overall health and be sure to alert care management teams to any change in tooth sensitivity or incidents of pain.
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