Did you know that good oral health can improve your overall health, reduce your risk of serious disease, and help preserve your memory in your golden years? Here are six ways that good oral health can affect your overall health:
1. Lower Risk of Heart Disease:
Long-term gum disease has been associated with heart disease, blocked blood vessels, and stroke. Keeping your mouth healthy can help protect your heart.
2. Preserve Memory:
Studies show that gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) can affect your memory skills. If you have gingivitis, visit your dentist today. The damage in your mouth can be reversed.
3. Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem:
A healthy mouth helps you look younger, sleep better, and feel happier. A mouth filled with decayed teeth and gum disease can lead to bad breath, which can impact your confidence and self-esteem.
4. Healthy, Full-Term Pregnancy:
Hormone changes associated with pregnancy increase the risk of gum disease and gum inflammation. Maintaing a healthy oral care routine during this time can help reduce the chances of preterm, low-birth-weight babies.
5. Reduce Risk of Infection and Inflammation:
Studies suggest that the infection and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can come from the mouth. Keeping your mouth healthy can protect the connective tissues in other parts of the body.
6. Keep Blood Sugar Stable:
Gum disease and diabetes are invariably linked. With all of the bacteria in your mouth, it can be increasingly difficult to control blood sugar levels. Visiting your dentist regularly can help keep your diabetes and blood sugar in check.
Don’t neglect your oral health. Deal with any oral care issues before they can negatively affect your overall health.
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