4 Health Issues Caused by Poor Oral Care

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Thomas Wold, DMD
4 Health Issues Caused by Poor Oral CareOral wellbeing is related to so much more than just your teeth, mouth and gums. It's crucial to understand that your mouth is the primary entrance to your body. Hence poor oral health can cause adverse consequences for the entire body.

Bleeding gums, tooth ache, and bad breath are few of the many poor oral hygiene and health indicators. Bacteria from your mouth can easily move to the bloodstream and lead to harmful infections and inflammation wherever it goes.

Here some serious and common health problems caused by inadequate oral care:

Cardiovascular Disease

Poor oral health can put you at serious risk of acquiring a cardiovascular disorder. If your gums are inflamed due a periodontal disease-causing bacterium, the same bacteria can travel into your blood and cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries due to plaque buildup). This cardiac condition often leads to heart blockages and blood flow problems, increasing your likelihood of having a cardiac arrest.


You may be surprised to hear, but bad or inadequate oral health can even affect the brain. Infected or inflamed gums release substances that kill brain cells, causing memory loss. Diseases like dementia and perhaps even Alzheimer's can result from harmful mouth bacteria if they enter the bloodstream or spread to the nerve channels.

Respiratory Infections

Swollen gums and infected teeth bacteria can travel through the bloodstream or be breathed into the lungs, causing the respiratory system to suffer. Poor oral health can lead to respiratory infections such as acute bronchitis, pneumonia, and even COPD.


Not only are diabetics more vulnerable to oral infections, but poor oral health can make diabetes even more difficult to control as it leads to numerous periodontal diseases. Therefore, it's particularly crucial for diabetics to look after their oral hygiene and prevent future complications.

You must understand that oral wellbeing is a vital indicator of overall health. Ensuring oral health can significantly help you avoid health problems like periodontal disease and gingivitis. Moreover, it can go a long way to control and even reduce the risk of more serious medical conditions.

To ensure optimal oral health, schedule an appointment with us by calling (541) 389-0261 or visit our clinic at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend.

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