Your oral health can impact your overall health

Your oral health can impact your overall healthWe all know that good oral health can equal a bright white smile.

But did you know poor oral health can be hazardous to your overall health? In fact, the number of problems poor oral health can cause is significant and in recent years, more and more research has been done to prove that taking care of your teeth is far more important than just having a great smile.

A startling result of poor oral health is found in a recent study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Researchers found that people who had higher levels of periodontal disease had twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with low levels or no gum infections. Why? One theory is that oral infections contribute to chronic elevations in systemic inflammatory mediators which have been shown to reduce insulin resistance.

Another study, by researchers in Sweden, recently found that women may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer if they have missing teeth and gum disease. And if that’s not frightening enough, if you are pregnant or planning to conceive, make oral hygiene a priority as gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

Bad oral health has been linked to several diseases and conditions so take care of your teeth and gums and tell your dentist if you notice anything out of the ordinary. With awareness and good oral health, you are protecting your overall health as well.