Your Mouth/Your Health

Your Mouth/Your Health
Did you know that your oral health is a contributing factor to good overall health? Research has shown that gum disease is linked to a host of illnesses that can affect your brain, lungs, heart, kidneys, pancreas and bones.
The Brain:
Periodontal disease can affect your brain in two ways. It can increase a person’s risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Lungs:
Poor oral hygiene can increase your risk of developing pneumonia and bronchitis.
The Heart:
Bad oral hygiene can increase your likelihood of a heart attack by 2X.
The Kidneys:
Your mouth is a passageway for bacteria. Poor oral health causes infections to grow faster, increasing the kidneys’ workload.
The Pancreas:
Diabetics are at greater risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can distress the control of blood sugar which can lead to other complications with the heart and lungs.
93% of people with gum disease are at risk of diabetes. -AAOSH
The Bones:
Research has found a connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Good Oral Health Practices:
• Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
• Floss daily.
• Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary foods and drinks.
• Schedule regular dental checkups.
• Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
• Drink more water.
• Avoid tobacco use.