Oral Health and Its Impact on Overall Health

In the recent times, there has been bigger emphasis on the importance of oral health. And in the most recent years, dentists have proved the strong connection between oral health and overall health. This connection is gets more apparent with every new research in the dentistry.

Now, it is worth mentioning that this is a two way connection. Oral health has impact on overall health and overall health affects oral health. While you need to ensure better health by taking care of your oral health, symptoms in your oral cavity can help you and your dentist identify existence of many of the health conditions. So, you need to make sure that you go for those biannual dental visits regularly.

Connection between oral health and overall health

It may not sound very pleasant but it’s the fact that missions of bacteria reside in our oral cavities. But not all of these bacteria are the bad ones. There are a few types which tend to be destructive but their actions are canceled by the existence of good bacteria and the ones that neither give harm nor benefits. Those bacteria are there just to maintain healthy ecosystem.

Now, when we talk about maintaining oral health, we mainly talk about maintaining bacterial balance in the mouth. When this bacterial balance is disturbed, which probably happens due to bad bacteria overpowering the good ones, infections tend to occur. These infections do not remain in the mouth only as they start spreading in other parts of the body, making the infection a problem for overall health. This situation is specifically true for the gum diseases which can create problem for overall health.

Oral infections and other health problems

Some of the oral health infections can result in bigger overall health issues. For instance, inflammation in the mouth is usually resulted due to thickening of blood and plaque formation in the arteries. This condition is specifically a bad news for the diabetic patients as plaque in arteries means quick health deterioration for them. They need efficient supply of insulin which gets blocked if the arteries are blocked due to plaque.

Experts have agreed upon the fact that oral bacteria release the very toxins which can promote the formation of plaque in arteries.

Health problems and their impact on oral health

While discussing about the oral health problems and their impact on overall health, it’s worth mentioning the effects of some health conditions which may impact oral health. For instance, if you are caught by an illness which is weakening your immune system, you may not be able to fight inflammation occurring in your mouth, resulting in the oral health problems.

Visit the dentist

A visit to your dentist is very important whether you suffer from oral health issues or overall health problems. Mouth is the entry point of the body and it’s the place which shows symptoms of most of the diseases in your body. So, you need to get your oral cavity checked on regular basis.

Dental Travel Kits

When traveling for the holidays, so many people pack all the clothes they think they’ll need. And they pack their toiletries for showering and looking nice while out and about. Heck, entertainment needs are also considered when you’re packing for a trip away from home.

But you know what one thing seems to be left to the wayside, if only because you don’t want to pack any more than one item in its group? Dental gear. Yes, we know you typically pack a brush and tube of toothpaste, but what about the floss? And the mouthwash? And the gear to clean your stuff. Interdental brushes, anybody?

I think dental gear should be at the top of your list, right alongside essential toiletries. Let’s see how you can spice it up.

Travel floss

Sure, this likely just means regular floss in the small little containers, but you could also opt to toss an interdental brush in your carrying case (alongside your brushes and paste), or you can go for some dental floss picks. No matter what you choose, neglecting flossing even while on vacation could mean you fall out of your routine for what you normally do, so it’s not wise to skip out on your flossing while at the beach.


Teeth whitening products travel well enough, especially if you only bring the few strips or pastes you need. And where else would you want to show off your pearly whites than when you’re on an awesome vacation somewhere where you’re trying to look your finest. It’s worth bringing these along for the family photos alone, but we think it’s got more use than even that.


This is so easily accomplished without even going to the store for travel sized mouthwashes (which, in my opinion, are unneeded). All you’ve got to do is pour your mouthwash in a water bottle or something else small enough to fit in with the rest of your toiletries. Mouthwash can be super useful when you’re being lazy out on vacation. Just quickly brush your teeth and pop in some mouthwash and you’ll have a refreshing breath and smile in no time.

Overall, we should treat our dental health like we do our looks when on vacation. The better you take care of your teeth, even on leisurely trips, the more you’re going to feel better about yourself, your looks, and your health. It’s that simple!