Mouth to body connection: Can poor oral health cause other health issues?

Tooth decay, cavities, and other dental problems are not the only reasons why you should take care of your oral health. The mouth is one of the primary entryways to the body, so bad oral health can also negatively affect the entire body. Once the bacteria enter through the mouth, it can easily get into the bloodstream, causing inflammation and infection wherever it spreads.

This is another reason why you should regularly visit your dentist. The dentists at can help prevent you from developing dental problems.



Here are just some of the most common health problems caused by poor oral health.


Cardiovascular disease


Did you know that bad oral health puts you more at risk for heart disease? The periodontal disease-causing bacteria can potentially get into the bloodstream. This may cause atherosclerosis where plaque builds up and harden in the arteries. This is a very serious condition as it can lead to heart blockages and blood flow problems, increasing your likelihood of experiencing a heart attack. The ensuing damage on the blood vessels and arteries can cause hypertension, as well as increases the risk for strokes. And it gets worse. You are also at risk of developing endocarditis, a potentially fatal condition that can occur when the heart’s lining gets infected.




Another part of the body that can get affected by bad oral health is the brain. The substances released by inflamed gums can kill your brain cells, leading to loss of memory. It may be hard to believe, but gingivitis can cause dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease when the bacteria enters the bloodstream or spreads to the different nerve channels.


Pregnancy complications


The dentists at Manly Wharf Dental encourage expectant mothers to take extra good care of their oral health throughout their pregnancy. This is because pregnant women are more likely to develop oral infections due to hormonal changes in the body. Dental health problems in pregnant women, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, have been linked to low birth weight and premature birth of infants.




People with diabetes are more prone to a gum infection which often leads to periodontal disease. But that’s not the worst of it. Diabetes is more difficult to control when a person has periodontal disease. The symptoms can worsen as the body’s sugar levels get out of control due to the gum disease. Diabetics need to take extra good care of their oral health to prevent any complications with their illness. Gum disease causes blood sugar levels to spike higher than normal. So even if you don’t have diabetes, you are at an increased risk of developing this disease if you have poor oral health.


Aside from those mentioned above, the other health conditions poor oral health can potentially cause include infertility, cancer, kidney disease, erectile dysfunction, and respiratory infections. Regular visits to the dentist can help identify and treat dental problems before they get any worse.


Manly Wharf Dental is committed to providing only the best dental care for all ages. Their experienced and friendly team of dental care professionals are more than happy to help you and your family maintain the best oral health possible. For a complete list of the services they offer, you can check out their website at