Health issues tend to link to another issue and another issue, but did you know that your dental health can affect your hearing health? Many of us are unaware of the fact that if we don’t have proper dental hygiene, our hearing could also be at risk. Let’s take a look at the two main causes of damage to your hearing due to poor dental hygiene.
Bacteria is known for causing health problems, as well as traveling throughout the body if it’s not treated in a timely manner. Having an accumulation of harmful bacteria within the mouth dangers not only your teeth and gums, but also your tiny inner ear hair cells. When bacteria is built up over time it can travel throughout the bloodstream which in turn can harm the flow of blood in vessels and arteries. An unstable blood flow to your inner hair cells can cause them to begin to die off resulting in hearing loss.
2. TMJ(Temporomandibular Joint) Disorder
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition relating to the movement of the jaw. Many who are diagnosed with TMJ have complained of tinnitus, hearing loss, or described their hearing as “clogged” or “muffled” sounding. This could be due to a blockage within the Eustachian tube. When functioning properly, the eustachian tube helps regulate the pressure within your ear. However, those who suffer from TMJ frequently experience muscles spasms that interfere with the natural closing and opening of this tube, allowing for a buildup of pressure within the ear causing hearing issues.
Fortunately, TMJ can be treated by your local dentist or a professional specializing in TMJ. In very extreme cases, surgeries will be used to treat TMJ. However, most treatment options are non-invasive and once your TMJ symptoms are under control typically the hearing issues cease as well.
Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Making sure you’re on top of your hygiene routine is key to avoiding any bacteria buildup that could cause damage to your dental and hearing health. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day, everyday. If you’ve been suffering from TMJ we encourage you to seek assistance from your local dental healthcare office. If you or a loved one haven’t been hearing as well as you should, contact us today to schedule your hearing test!