How is Your Oral Health Connected to Your Hearing?
Here’s one example. It’s all about bacteria. If you skip brushing and flossing, harmful bacteria grow around your teeth and gums. Mouth infections, periodontal disease and gum diseases increase that bad bacteria, which can then go into your blood stream and can transfer that bad bacteria to your brain.
Harmful bacteria can also narrow blood vessels and arteries, reducing circulation. That can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. It even narrows the tiny blood vessels inside your ears and brain. And that affects the way your brain hears sound signals. The inner ear is super sensitive to blood flow, so any cardiovascular issues can often affect the inner ear before other parts of the body.
Healthy arteries and blood vessels have a positive impact on hearing. Research suggests that a healthy cardiovascular system protects and boosts hearing over time, especially in older people.
Not smoking, brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly keep all that bad bacteria in check. Your dentist might be able to notice health conditions before you do just from looking in your mouth, so stay on top of those visits and your hearing screenings, too. They’re great ways to protect your teeth and your hearing.
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