Better Oral Health = Better Physical Health
Maintaining good oral hygiene not only helps your teeth last longer, but also help stave off a host of health problems linked to the bacteria caused by poor oral health. The bacteria that originates in your mouth can travel throughout your body and cause medical conditions such as:
Bacteria in the bloodstream can travel to the arteries of the heart and an increased risk of heart attack.
Oral bacteria may be a contributing factor to a narrowing of the arteries, as well as a catalyst to blood clots forming.
When gums are inflamed and bleeding, this can cause systemic inflammation in other parts of your body.
Periodontal disease worsens the pain that people with this autoimmune disease already suffer.
The link between diabetes and gum disease seems to be a two-way street. 95% of adults in the US with diabetes have gum disease, mostly because diabetes sufferers are more susceptible to contracting infections.