In a previous blog, we explored what a smile can do, what they show about ourselves, and how it affects people in our immediate environment (Try smiling at a frowning person, you’ll see that he will not be able to keep that frown for long).
Your teeth hold a chock full of information and reveal a lot about who you are and the way you live. In forensics alone, teeth can be used to identify people. But did you also know that teeth can reveal details about what’s going on in other places in your body? The actual state of your teeth is just as important as, say, keeping them straight or fixing your gaps using intraoral appliances or teeth bands.
1. Periodontal disease (the category to which gingivitis and periodontitis belong) can possibly cause type 2 diabetes – this, according to studies from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Among the theories on their correlation state that oral inflammation causes inflammation in other parts of the body which can affect the way your body processes sugar.
2. Studies by experts in the field have revealed that not brushing your teeth twice a day increases one’s risk of heart disease, or stroke. How? It is possible for the bacteria in the mouth to find their way into our bloodstream which can thicken the arteries that may lead to a heart attack. On the other hand, the buildup of fatty plaques inside vessels can break off, find its way into the brain and lead to a stroke.
3. More cavities can mean obesity. Kids who have more cavities are clearly eating too much carbohydrates and sweets which can affect their weight as they are growing up. Similar patterns apply to adults. Your dentist can figure this out because carbohydrates and sugars are fermented by the bacteria in your mouth and turns them into acids that corrode the layers of your teeth, providing more openings for deeper penetration by these bacteria. As for weight gain, we know the complications that arise from obesity (of course, being underweight isn’t a good option either, so eat healthy and stay within your ideal weight).