Health Issues Caused By Poor Dental Health

March 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Henry Lu @ 1:33 am

Woman in dentist’s chair looking in mirrorDid you know the mouth is often referred to as the gateway to the body? Although your oral and general health may seem separate, they are actually closely entwined. Many dental issues can increase your risk of various health problems. Here are just a few of the complications that can result from unhealthy teeth and gums.

Cardiovascular Disease

Bacteria from gum disease can cause plaque buildup in the arteries that can create blockages, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It can also lead to hypertension and harden your arteries. In rare cases, endocarditis can occur, which is a potentially fatal heart infection.


Substances released by infected gums can kill brain cells, leading to memory loss. Researchers have found oral bacteria in the brains of deceased patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Respiratory Infections

Bacteria in the mouth from infected teeth and gums can travel to the lungs through the bloodstream or inhaling. Once in the lungs, respiratory infections, COPD, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia can occur.


Diabetics are prone to infections if blood sugar levels aren’t controlled. Infections can also be more difficult to treat. Gum disease is a common complication of poorly managed diabetes, which can worsen blood sugar levels. It can also increase the risk of developing diabetes from higher than usual levels.

Pregnancy Complications

Expectant mothers have an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. An infection in a mother’s body can affect a developing fetus. It can lead to premature delivery and low birth weights in infants. It can also place a mother at risk of health issues. 

Nutritional Deficiencies 

Damaged or missing teeth can make it difficult to eat certain foods, which means you might eliminate them from your diet. Unfortunately, this can lead to nutritional deficiencies that will affect your health.

Commit to a Healthy Mouth and Body

You can invest in a healthy mouth and body by committing to good oral hygiene habits. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing nightly. 

Besides caring for your smile at home, visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll look for any issues at each appointment to provide quick treatment to safeguard your mouth and body from preventable complications. 

If you develop anything concerning in between your regular appointments, like inflamed gums or tooth sensitivity, don’t wait to see your dentist. They’ll create the personalized plan you need that supports your oral and overall wellness. You’ll look and feel your best by keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

About Dr. Xingxing Lin

Dr. Lin earned her dental degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and regularly continues her education to provide the most up-to-date services. She focuses on prevention to support the mouth and body connection. Request an appointment through our website or call (469) 949-1993.