You know you must brush your teeth regularly to fight off cavities and decay. However, you might not know that taking care of your oral health is serious business. Failure to do so can lead to a variety of health issues.
A Healthy Mouth For A Healthy Heart
Did you know that researchers have found a connection between gum disease and an increased risk for heart disease? It is true. Studies show that people with gum disease are at a heightened risk of heart disease and are twice as likely to experience a fatal heart attack as those without gum disease.
Diabetes And Blood Sugar
There is also a connection between gum disease and diabetes. Diabetes is frequently associated with infection, and some studies show that gum disease may make it harder for the body to control blood sugar levels. However, other research shows that treating gum disease can improve some of the symptoms of diabetes.
Newer research suggests that there may be a connection between poor dental health and increased dementia risk. Experts believe that oral bacteria may move through the brain into the cranial nerves, contributing to the plaque associated with Alzheimer’s.
Gum disease might also affect your risk of respiratory infections, including pneumonia and COPD. Oral bacteria may cause these infections if inhaled into the lungs, leading to inflammation within the airways.
While brushing and flossing are essential for good oral health, remember that you also need regular dental cleanings. Therefore, we recommend you visit our office every six months to have your teeth cleaned and inspected. We look forward to helping you maintain good oral health that will keep the rest of your body healthy.