The Effects of Poor Dental Heath on Your Body By Jeffrey S. Kearney DDS on January 21, 2015

Periodontal Disease

Healthy and supportive bone surrounding teeth is damaged by periodontal bacteria resulting in loosening teeth. Left untreated these teeth will be lost.


Halitosis is usually the first sign of an unhealthy mouth.  Halitosis is often caused by poor oral hygiene.  Lack of brushing and flossing leave food particles that collect bacteria. The bacteria emit chemicals like hydrogen sulfide- the same compound that makes eggs and your breath stink.

Heart Disease

People with periodontal disease are 2x more likely to develop heart disease.  When periodontal bacteria and plaque enter the blood stream through the gums that bacteria causes arterial narrowing. One study indicated that a mouth with the presence of gum disease, cavities and missing teeth are as reliable at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels.


95% of adults in the US with diabetes also have periodontal  disease.  And of those people 1/3 have advanced periodontal disease leading to a loss of teeth. 

Erectile Dysfunction

Men with periodontal disease are 7x more likely to experience erectile dysfunction that a man with a healthy mouth.  The reason for that is when periodontal bacteria enters your blood stream it causes inflammation in the blood vessels.  This inflammation restricts blood flow throughout the body including the genitals.

Respiratory Problems

Periodontal bacteria can travel through the blood and settle in the lungs where it can aggravate the respiratory system, especially in patients with preexisting respiratory issues.


Periodontal bacteria in high levels can lead to atherosclerosis- a hardening of the carotid artery increasing the risk of stroke.

The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to bush at least 2x a day and floss every day along with regular dental check-ups twice a year. 

Call the office today to schedule your dental check-up.



Dr. Jeffrey Kearney

Jeffrey S. Kearney, DDS

Dr. Kearney specializes in comfortable, comprehensive dental services at his modern and inviting family practice in Cary, NC. He is trained to surgically place and restore dental implants and also offers the latest treatments to treat TMJ issues, sleep apnea, and orthodontic problems. Prestigious affiliations include:

  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Academy of General Dentistry

Whether you are new to the Cary, NC, area or are a lifelong resident looking for a caring, highly trained dental professional, our team would love to meet you. Contact us online or call (919) 859-4778 to request an appointment.

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