Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body
Did you know there is a direct relation between healthy teeth and a healthy body?
Poor oral health can affect more than just your mouth; it can affect other areas of your body as well. Increasing evidence shows a connection between oral health and general health and well-being. Periodontal disease – or disease of the gums and supporting bone – has been linked to a number of diseases including:
There is a strong link between gum disease and diabetes. People with diabetes are not only more at risk of gum disease, but gum disease can also affect the severity of their diabetes.
The same bacteria found in plaque can also be inhaled into the lungs where they may cause an infection or aggravate any existing lung condition, especially in older adults.
Pre-term, low birth weight babies
Studies are also examining whether pregnant women with gum disease may be at a higher risk of delivering pre term, low birth weight babies than women without gum disease.
There is new research that points to a possible connection between gum disease and heart disease and stroke.
Oral disease itself can be painful, cause tooth loss and chronic bad breath, and affects people of all ages.