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Without Good Oral Health There Cannot Be Good General Health
Gum disease can affect the state of your whole body. Studies over the past few years have shown a definite link between your oral health and your general health.
Here are a few of the many health problems that can be aggravated by poor oral health:
Heart Disease: Those with adult periodontitis may have increased risk of fatal heart attacks and are more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Bacteria from the mouth may cause clotting problems in the cardiovascular system.
Respiratory Infection: Inhaling bacteria from the mouth and throat can lead to pneumonia. Dental plaque buildup creates a dangerous source of bacteria that can be inhaled into the lungs.
Stroke: Those with adult periodontitis may have an increased risk of stroke.
Uncontrolled Diabetes: Chronic periodontal disease can disrupt diabetic control. Diabetes can contribute to bacterial overgrowth in the mouth. Smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by twenty times. People with type II diabetes are three times as likely to develope periodontal disease than are nondiabetics.
Severe Osteopenia: Reduction in bone mass is associated with gum disease and related tooth loss, severity has been connected to tooth loss in postmenopausal women.
Preterm or Low Birthweight Babies: Women with advanced gum disease may be more likely to give birth to an underweight or preterm baby. Oral microbes can cross the placental barrier, exposing the fetus to infection.
Regular dental examinations and cleanings help protect and preserve your general health and quality of life.