The Reality of Dental Care and Its Effects on your Health
Your mouth health is extremely important, but did you know it can affect your entire body? Studies have shown that the health of your mouth is intrinsically linked to the rest of your body.
Further, according to the AAOSH:
Is gum disease the only oral health problem that is tied to the rest of the body?
No. There are other oral health conditions which have significant impact and consequence to the rest of the body and your general health. We know that gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, etc. Other conditions include oral cancer, oral airway and sleep apnea, TMJ – headaches & migraines, dental decay, and biocompatibility of dental filling materials (in genetically susceptible individuals). These connections between the mouth and the body highlight the importance of good oral health and dental stability in assuring better general health.
This link (www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Member%20Center/FIles/Perio_heart.pdf?la=en) goes to the 7 page long result set of the study between the association of periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease.
You can go to an article on livescience.com to find further evidence of heart health being linked to gum health. It gives direct reference to a study where mice were infected with gum disease. It was observed to spread from their gums to their heart (and other organs), which lead directly to poorer heart health.