You know that you need to brush your teeth regularly if you want to fight off cavities and decay. What you might not know is 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 when compared to 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. Other research shows that treating gum disease can actually improve some of the symptoms of diabetes.
Newer researcher 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, and this could contribute to the plaque that’s been 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 they are 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. We recommend that you visit our office once every six months to have your teeth cleaned and inspected. We look forward to helping you maintain the good oral health that will keep the rest of your body healthy.