Your mouth is the gateway to your whole body. The quality of your diet affects your weight, your skin, your oral health, and your general well-being, and your oral health affects many different areas of your overall health. Don’t ignore the health of your mouth. The rest of your body’s health is counting on it.
Your Oral Health Affects The Health Of Your Whole Body
It was not so long ago that oral health and general health were discussed as though they had no link to each other. Now we know that is not true. The health of your mouth has a lot to do with the overall health of your body. Here are few health conditions that have been linked to poor oral health.
- Heart Disease – You probably never thought that gum health had anything to do with the development of heart disease. That could not be further from the truth. Current research estimates that 91 percent of people with heart disease have serious gum disease, or periodontitis. That kind of link can’t be ignored as just a coincidence. It also makes sense when you consider that they share some of the same risk factors, namely using tobacco, being overweight, and eating an unhealthy diet.
- Diabetes – Gum disease seems to work hand in hand with diabetes. Gum disease may weaken your body’s ability to process sugar levels in the blood. Diabetes is a result of your body not being able to produce enough of the hormone (insulin) that regulates those same levels. The one positive thing about this link between the two conditions is that when you get one under control, it can help you better control the other. Dr. Morton can help treat the gum disease and in turn help you live a happier and healthier life.
- Pregnancy – There are now thoughts in the medical community that gum disease can contribute to complications during pregnancy. While the link is not concrete and further studies are being conducted, it is known that infections and inflammation of any kind during a pregnancy can be detrimental to the development of the baby. Don’t take the risk and let a treatable condition like gum disease cause any harm to your child.
- Osteoporosis – Gum disease may also be a contributing factor in the development of osteoporosis. This is a recent link and has not been established concretely, but it has been found that women who have osteoporosis are more likely to suffer from gum disease than those who don’t have osteoporosis.
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