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Apr
25

Oral Health and General Health

Posted in Gum Disease

“If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your mouth is the mirror of your health. Any disease related to the mouth has an impact elsewhere in the body,” says Denis F. Kinane, BDS, PhD. That’s a pretty bold statement. Can my heart attack really be related back to how often I floss and brush my teeth? The answer may surprise you, because that answer is Yes.

Within the last five years alone, there has been a significant connection made between periodontal disease (gum disease) and heart disease. Periodontal disease is known as a specific risk factor for heart disease, according to the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, and the mouth is filled with living, growing tissue. Bacteria that is not cleaned away on a daily basis grows into damaging infections. These infections move into the tissue of the mouth and are passed through the blood stream to other areas of the body. Because of this connection, oral health issues can affect and cause general health issues. Diabetes and cardiovascular problems are linked to gum disease in several medical studies. Evidence suggests that oral bacteria has been directly linked to specific arterial blockages, stroke, and heart disease.

Because of the evidence of a link between a person’s oral health and his/her general health, dentists are continuing to emphasize the importance of proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are not simply to keep your teeth pretty. Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining a healthy life.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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