Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dental Health: A window into your overall health

Your oral health is more important than you realize, it's a window into your overall health. Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?

Did you know that people with serious gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of it? And up to 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis.
 Feature, Joanne. "Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 8 July 2015.

One of the main culprits, inflammation in the mouth causes inflammation in blood vessels. Continued inflammation will damage gums and bone structures, eventually leading to tooth loss. If left untreated, it can also increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Conditions that may be linked to oral health:

  • Endocarditis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Periodontitis during pregnancy or birth
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer's Disease
The connection between periodontal disease and diabetes is eye opening. Inflammation that starts in the mouth seems to weaken the body's ability to control blood sugar. The good news, managing one, can help get the other one under control.

The best way to protect your teeth, brush twice a day, floss daily, eat a healthy diet and limit in between meal snacks. Be sure to get dental check ups regularly, after all, your dentist could catch a problem before it gets worse. 

Staying on top of your oral health, is an investment in your overall health. 

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