The Mouth-Body Connection: How Oral Health and General Health Go Hand-in-Hand

It is increasingly clear that oral health affects general health, and vice-versa. Clinical studies are discovering more links between poor oral health and serious health conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease. Everyday brushing and flossing are more important than you might realise. Your mouth is not separate from your body!

Your Mouth is a Gateway to Your Body

Your mouth contains many species of bacteria, which when allowed to build up can cause infection and inflammation. Over time, this inflammation can destroy the gums and other structures around your teeth, causing a condition called periodontitis or severe gum disease. Inflammation-causing bacteria can enter your body through damaged gums, creating new sites of infection and inflammation that may cause problems affecting your general health. One of the strongest mouth-body connections is with diabetes, and the inflammation caused by periodontitis seems to make it harder to control blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels provide the ideal conditions for mouth bacteria to thrive.

Taking good care of your teeth and gums can help to look after your general health, and it is simple to do! Make sure you visit us regularly for check-ups and cleanings and be sure to brush twice daily and to floss once-a-day.

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