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What’s the Connection between Oral and Overall Health?

March 4, 2014

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oral and overall healthDid you know there’s a connection between your oral health and your overall wellbeing? Many people don’t, but it’s true. Recent medical research has revealed that gum disease, a very common oral health condition, has also been connected to a variety of other health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-term birth and low birth weight

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, begins with the collection of bacteria and plaque around the gum line. These irritants cause the gum line’s sensitive tissue to feel sore or to bleed when brushed with a toothbrush. Gum disease can also cause frequent bad breath (the medical term for this is halitosis).

If gum disease isn’t treated, it can cause the gum line to recede, creating pockets around the teeth. If bacteria get into these pockets, they can travel to other parts of the body. That’s how gum disease ends up influencing overall wellbeing over time.

Caring for Your Smile Every Day

You can prevent gum disease by remembering to care for your teeth every day and by seeing the dentists at Robison Dental Group twice a year for checkups and cleanings. We recommend brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using a good mouthwash to kill harmful bacteria.

Are you struggling with the symptoms of gum disease? Call Robison Dental Group in Canton today. We happily serve the dental needs of patients from Canton, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.

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