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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Oral health and Heart disease! Two random stuff with no connection? Well you are wrong!
Overall general health of human beings is quite influenced by oral health. Or we could simply say that having bad oral health puts us at a high risk of developing other health problems including but not limited to :

  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease

You might be now inclined to believe this to be a recent discovery. But, in truth this study dates back July1998 wherein it was well established that bacteria which cause periodontal disease(periodontal infection) can enter the blood stream and carry the infection to major organs leading to health problems including heart disease which is the leading cause of deaths in the US (Yes! Even more deaths than cancer)

Thereafter, many studies have constantly vouched for the mouth-body connection which indicates “a healthy smile promotes a healthy heart“. Many scientific papers have been published publicly and in dental journals and you can see many new studies doing the rounds on the internet emphasizing the same fact.

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So now that you know the mouth-body connection, ignoring your oral health might not seem a good idea to you anymore. If you have ignored your oral health for a long time, getting a periodontal evaluation would be a good idea.
You should consider a periodontal evaluation especially if you:

  • Have heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis or respiratory disease.
  • Planning to conceive a baby.
  • Have family members with periodontal disease.
Article from http://www.dentalhealthsite.com/oral-health-general-health/
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Halitosis which is commonly referred as BAD BREATH affects a substantial number of people in all countries. The causes range widely but 85-90% of all the causes originate from the mouth itself.

The seven most common causes of bad breath are:

1. Accumulation of Food Debris: The most common cause for bad breath is the accumulation of food debris on or between the teeth, coatedtongue (resulting from poor oral hygiene). These food particles are acted upon by anaerobic bacteria producing respiratory products which give off the characteristic rotten egg smell.

2. Tooth Decay: The decay of tooth (Caries) by bacteria is an important causative agent of bad breath. The bacteria have putrefactive (rottening) action on the tooth leading to its demineralization causing halitosis.

3. Dryness of mouth (Xerostomia): Saliva has extensive anti-bacterial action. When there is reduction or absence of saliva in the oral cavity, it leads to accumulation of plaque which favors bacterial growth causing bad breath.

4. Gum Diseases: Gum diseases and periodontal diseases are important causative agents of bad breath.

5. Smoking: Smoking causes smokers breath which is due to the accumulation of nicotine, tar and other foul smelling substances in the oral cavity.

6. Severe Dieting: Apart from the innumerable other harmful affects, severe dieting also causes bad breath due to ketoacidosis because of prolonged starvation.

7. Extra-oral sources: The extra oral causes of bad breath include infections of respiratory tract, diabetes and kidney dysfunction.

An important aspect of halitosis that should be mentioned is Halitophobia or delusional Halitosis which affects around 25% of the people seeking professional advice for Halitosis. Halitophobia is the fear of having bad breath (and not actual bad breath) which drives these people to seek professional advice.

Article From - http://www.dentalhealthsite.com/7-top-causes-of-bad-breath/

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Bad breath or Halitosis as it is medically known can be an embarrassing condition to contend with. It affects your rappo with colleagues or classmates.
There are plenty of causes of bad breath . The most effective way to prevent bad breath is by maintaining good oral hygiene by following the 10 Commandments of Good Oral Health. However, it should be noted that there can be extra-oral sources of bad breath and these underlying causes must be dealt with for the successful treatment of Halitosis.

Here are 8 remedies of bad breath which should help in curing your bad breath.

  • As cliched or repetitive it might sound, a large percentage of the U.S population do not brush 2 times a day in a correct way. So, learn brushing the right way and do it regularly.
  • Tooth Decay is an important causative agent of Halitosis and should be treated immediately. There are various treatments for tooth decay including fillings and Root Canal Treatment (RCT).
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) reduces the saliva which is a natural mouthwash leading to bad breath. There are many possible causes of Xerostomia and people affected by Xerostomia should get this condition rectified to treat Halitosis. Generally, drinking lots of water and chewing sugar-free gum is helpful.
  • Quit Smoking and Chewing tobacco as smoking and tobacco products accumulate in the oral cavity emitting foul smell.
  • Using a mouthwash effectively reduces the bad breath but it may not treat the underlying cause.
  • Rinse your mouth after every meal and drink as this reduces the amount of food debris and sugars that bacteria thrive on.
  • Make sure you are not a victim of delusional Halitosis or Halitophobia which simply means you do not have Halitosis yet.
In case, you are concerned after having bad breath when hungry, it’s normal and will go away when you eat something.

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Gum Disease or Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bones supporting the teeth. The word “Periodontal” means “around the tooth” when taken in literal terms. Gum disease can be confined to a single tooth or infect many teeth. Gum disease actually initiates due to the irritation of the gum by the sticky plaque.
The initial stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis and if left untreated it progresses to a condition known as periodontitis which can have serious implications such as the loss of your teeth. There has been a recent interest in the relation between gum disease and heart attack and it has been proved by several studies that gum disease can increase the risk for heart attack.

Causes of Gum Disease:

A sticky bacterial layer known as plaque constantly forms in our oral cavity and has to be removed by effective brushing. When this is not removed, the bacterial plaque releases certain toxins which irritate the gum causing gum disease. Overtime, the bacterial plaque hardens in to Tartar which can only be removed by your dentist. You are at a risk of developing gum disease if

  1. You have poor oral hygiene.
  2. You Smoke or Chew Tobacco
  3. Someone in your family has gum disease
  4. Your immunity levels are low due to malnutrition, AIDS or high stress levels.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Typical symptoms include

  • Bleeding Gums even from normal brushing
  • Red, swollen and sore gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus discharge from your teeth

Types of Gum Disease


This is initial stage of gum and characterized by swollen bleeding gums. There might be no pain associated with Gingivitis which is often the cause for people failing to acknowledge the obvious signs of gum disease such as swollen and bleeding gums. Gingivitis can easily be treated by taking maintaining good oral hygiene and it you might also be needed to get your teeth cleaned.


Gingivitis when left untreated progresses to periodontitis which is an advanced stage of gum disease. The bacteria damage the gums and tissues around the tooth leading to formation of “periodontal pockets”. Pockets are the spaces that develop between your teeth and gums which harbor infective bacteria which further damage the gums and the bone. The gums and bone constantly get assaulted by the bacteria which means loose teeth, tooth loss or teeth which you need to get extracted by the dentist.
There are various types of periodontitis such as Aggressive periodontitis, Chronic periodontitis and Necrotizing periodontal disease

Treatment for gum disease

Mild Gum disease can be controlled with out the need of intervention by a dentist. You simply need to take better care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly and quit any poor oral habits.
If your gum disease has progressed considerable, you will need a dentist to help you out.
Your teeth and gums will be thoroughly cleaned by the dentist by a procedure known as scaling. A dose of antibiotics might be prescribed to treat the infection. Under extreme circumstances, surgery might be required. Keep in mind that after treatment, you need to maintain your oral hygiene to prevent gum disease.

Gum Disease prevention

You know of the saying ‘Prevention is better than cure”. Preventing gum disease is really easy and simply requires maintaining good oral hygiene by regular brushing and flossing.
Article Taken from - http://www.dentalhealthsite.com/gum-disease/

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