The Connection Between Dental Health and Glaucoma
Studies in the past few years have explored the connection between dental hygiene and glaucoma. Though this investigation is in its early stages, evidence seems to suggest that excess bacteria in the mouth could be a catalyst for the development of a certain type of glaucoma called open-angle glaucoma.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease that is usually the consequence of fluid build up in the front of your eye. Open-angle glaucoma is the most widespread form of glaucoma in America. Open-angle glaucoma results fluid build up increases the pressure in your eye, which then damages the optic nerve.
Does Poor Dental Health Cause Glaucoma?
Louis Pasquale, MD, from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School in Boston believes the link between dental hygiene and glaucoma could be that infection and inflammation at the base of your tooth could release inflammatory agents which travel to the eye and lead to the development of glaucoma.
And in a study recently published in the Journal of Glaucoma, it was indicated that “the number of teeth (an oral health indicator) and alterations in the amounts of oral bacteria may be associated with glaucoma pathology.”
If this theory is further explored and confirmed, it could suggest that maintaining good oral health could reduce the risk of open-angle glaucoma.
Eye Conditions and Dental Health
An eye condition that has already been linked with oral health is cataracts. The toxic elements in mercury fillings have been found to cause the formation of cataracts, retinitis pigmentosa, iritis, color-vision issues, and other eye conditions.
Luckily, cataracts from mercury toxins can be prevented and treated with over-the-counter antioxidant eye drops, which you can purchase online or at many drug stores.
Can a Tooth Infection Cause an Eye Infection?
An untreated infected tooth can cause pain and infection in other areas of your body, including your eyes.
If your infected tooth is in the top of your mouth, the swelling can move upward and, in some cases, cause your eye to swell shut.
The spread of the infection can also lead to a condition called cavernous sinus thrombosis, which is a severe and life-threatening sinus cavity infection that requires immediate attention from your dentist and antibiotic treatment.
Does Tooth Extraction Affect Eyesight?
While many people believe that tooth extraction, or having a tooth pulled, can affect eyesight, this might not actually be the case. There is no conclusive evidence that tooth extraction affects eyesight.
Dental Health for People With Glaucoma
At this time, there are no special dental care instructions for people with glaucoma. Until there are conclusive findings concerning the potential connection between dental health and glaucoma, those with glaucoma should continue to maintain the same dental health regimen as everyone else.
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