Sometimes things can drain our energy, whether it's a hectic schedule, lack of sleep, or a poor diet. Many times, this can be remedied with a good night's sleep, an improved diet, or getting more exercise. When causes for lack of energy are easily detected, it's relatively easy to know how to improve your condition. On the other hand, persistent low energy with no apparent cause could be due to underlying health issues. Many would consider scheduling a visit with their doctor to determine the cause, but few would consider visiting their dentist to rule out oral health issues as well. However, neglected tooth decay and gum conditions can result in infections and abscesses, as well as their associated symptoms, including exhaustion.
How Can Gum Disease Affect My Energy Level?
Gum disease can negatively contribute to other conditions and diseases by adding to or exacerbating their symptoms. Because your gums are packed with blood vessels, they can transport infections quickly to organs and tissues, draining your energy. In addition, gum disease is related to elevated glycated hemoglobin levels in diabetics, with levels decreasing after gum disease is treated. Research has also shown that gum disease increases your risk of heart disease and its symptoms, including low energy.
Preventing Gum Disease
Preventing gum disease can mean preventing fatigue, as well as other symptoms relating to underlying conditions worsened by unhealthy gums. The most vital way to prevent developing gum disease is to be diligent and thorough with your oral care habits. In addition, keep up with regular cleanings with your dentist. Approach your oral health holistically and proactively by incorporating exercise, healthy foods for your teeth and gums, and stress relief techniques that can improve both your physical and mental well-being.
Are you feeling exhausted and can't find a cause? It could be due to your oral health. Contact our office for a consultation and exam to rule out gum disease as the source of your symptoms.