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Is there a relation between oral hygiene and general health?

Posted May 04 2010 5:24am

The answer is YES. Have you often heard of the phrase ” Your eyes are a window to your soul” ? Then your mouth may be a window to your body and health.

Recent research and studies have shown the fact that people with gum disease may be at higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, undiagnosed diabetes, preterm births and respiratory problems.

It is a known fact that bacteria that cause gum disease can enter the blood stream and cause infections in major organs. Cavities and gum disease may be a concern to check for diabetes or heart disease. Loose teeth might be a direct sign of osteoporosis. Bleeding gums, fungal infections along with cavities and dry mouth might be tell tale signs of diabetes, HIV or leukemia.

Do you also know that your saliva contains enzymes that destroy bacteria in a certain way? Certain medications or treatments can reduce the flow of saliva and that is referred to as “dry mouth”. It is believed that inflammatory bacteria from your mouth might cause inflammation of the heart and more plaque build-up in the blood vessels.

Sometimes the first sign of health problems elsewhere in your body may show up in your mouth and other times inflamed gums may let bacteria enter your bloodstream and cause detrimental damage to major organs in your body.

The key to good dental hygiene is making it a point to visit your dentist every 6 months and practicing regular brushing and flossing on a daily basis.

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