Oral-Systemic Health

The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health

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The mouth may seem like a minor part of the body, but nothing could be further from the truth. Your oral health can have a major impact on your systemic health – for better or for worse.

For example, even mild gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular issues, poor blood sugar control, and a host of inflammatory issues like rheumatoid arthritis. Recent research even suggests a possible connection between periodontal infections and Alzheimer’s disease. Conversely, a healthy mouth can mean healthier arteries and lower blood sugars in diabetics.

Additionally, disorders of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint or jaw) can lead to issues with sleep apnea, nighttime teeth grinding, chronic headaches, and more. Of course, non-oral conditions can manifest in your mouth and provide hints to disorders. Reflux disease, for example, may result in acid erosion of your teeth, and low bone density can contribute to tooth loss.

Therefore, having your oral health checked and keeping your mouth healthy are of the utmost importance.

Arrange your visit to Woodmeadow Dentistry now by calling (616) 957-0303.