There are several emphases on how perfectly you should keep your oral health. Some have thought that this emphasis is only dependent on the teeth, only a few have realized that oral health has a direct link with the body as a whole. A decayed or arched tooth, a sore gum, a bleeding gum, a broken tooth, can prompt diseases in your body. This is because bacterias are ubiquitous and can get into the bloodstream easily. Read on to find out more. 

  1. Cardiovascular Disease. 

Putting your oral health at risk can prompt heart disease. A good scenario is if the gum is inflamed, the bacteria causing this inflammation can get into the bloodstream, making the arteries build up plaque and cause an improper flow of blood. If there is an improper flow of blood occurs, it affects the palpitation of the heart, thereby leading to a heart attack. 

Also, the damaging impact can lead to hypertension and strokes. Endocarditis can also form which is quite damaging to an already infected heart. 

Fortunately, you can protect your heart by brushing twice a day, flossing regularly and visiting the dentist at least twice a year, So, take the advice and protect your heart at all times. 

  1. Respiratory Infections 

Are you wondering how your oral health is connected to your respiratory system? Then keep reading. Your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes are the channel to your respiratory system. When you yawn, when you talk, there are a million bacterias coming in and out. However, the body has a way to balance these movements. When your mouth is kept unclean, diseases like pneumonia and another respirable related disease can come for you. However, you can control this by using the recommended soft toothbrushes and flossing regularly. Also, incorporate the use of mouthwash regularly. You should also visit a dental clinic regularly. To book an appointment with us, kindly click here. 

  1. Dementia

Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. Poor oral health can affect the brain, this is because infection caused by inflamed gums can actually destroy brain cells and lead to dementia. In a worst-case scenario, dementia can also lead to Alzheimer’s disease. 

  1. Diabetes

Periodontal disease can worsen the case of a diabetes patient. Diabetes in this case scenario would be difficult to control as well as increase blood sugar levels. It is very essential that you control this risk as someone with diabetes is at risk of developing diabetes. Endeavour to be faithful to your oral health in order to prevent diabetes, in case you have diabetes already, have a grasp on your oral health in order to help you control it better. 

  1. Pregnancy Complications 

Hormonal changes in pregnant women can cause them to develop oral infections much more easily. Any infection can affect a pregnant woman’s oral health thereby increasing her risk of experiencing pregnancy complications. 

  1.  Erectile Dysfunction 

Chronic periodontal disease; an infection that occurs when gums pull away from the teeth, creating a pocket that carries bacteria and allows the spread of bugs in the mouth can be related to erectile dysfunction. This inflammation can prevent the blood flow in the genitals making erection difficult. If you want to still have the pleasure of sex, then you should take your oral health very serious. 

7. Cancer 

It is no news that continual and habitual smoking can prompt cancer. Products used in making cigarettes and tobacco are said to affect oral health. Asides stains on the teeth, discoloration of the gums, discoloration of the lips, continual and habitual smoking can cause throat cancer. Asides these other types of cancers have been linked to gum diseases. 

8. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Research carried out by the NRAS; national rheumatoid arthritis society have proven that people with oral disorders likely visit the clinic often. An indepth research proved that bacterias responsible for gingivitis could affect the inflammation of the joints or body. 

9. Kidney Disease 

People with gum disease have proven to have weaker immune systems and are more likely to be prone to other infections. In the case of kidney disease, poor oral health can worsen the case, lead to a cardiovascular disease or even death. 

10. Infertility

There is a link between poor oral health and infertility in women. Gum disease can lead to various overall health issues. This would subsequently affect the ability for a woman to conceive or properly carry a child in her womb. 


To prevent any of these serious health issues, you would need to take care of your mouth first. To practice good hygiene follow these steps: 

  • Brush at least twice a day 
  • Floss your teeth daily 
  • Avoid habitual smoking 
  • Use fluoride contained toothpaste
  • Limit intake sugary foods and drinks 
  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year. 
  • Eat balanced food 

Looking for the best dental clinic to help you with your oral health, contact Smile360 dental clinic today. We are a team of experienced dentists to help you attain your perfect smile. If you are indifferent about visiting the dental clinic as a result of the pandemic, then you should read this article or watch this video. If you have questions as regards the COVid 19 and the dental clinic, then you should see this. To book an online consultation, kindly click here. To give us a call, kindly reach out to us at  +234 818 136 0000 (Lagos) and +234 818 136 0023 (Abuja).