Oral Health and Overall Health: Does the health of my mouth really affect the rest of my body?

Oral Health and Overall Health: Does the health of my mouth really affect the rest of my body?

The answer is yes. There are many connections between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body. Did you know that chronic oral infections like periodontitis can negatively affect people with heart disease and diabetes.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, half of all people over age 55 have gum disease. Gum disease is also the main reason people 35 and older lose their teeth.

Warning signs of gum disease are:
• Sour taste in the mouth
• Persistent bad breath
• Bleeding gums
• Swollen, tender gums
• Loose teeth
• Sensitive teeth
• Pain when chewing

Researchers have also uncovered a possible link between gum disease and stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, respiratory disease, and even preterm babies.

Good dental habits should start at childhood, as you get older stay on top of your oral heath, remember to brush daily, floss and see your dentist for regular checkups. At The Marshall Dental Clinic we believe the best health care is a partnership: patient and doctor co-discover the perfect smile through comprehensive examination and treatment. We welcome new patients, book an appointment online today.

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