Q: I read that your oral health has a big effect on your overall health but i’m not sure how. What are some of the things a healthy mouth helps with?
A: Your entire body is connected, and that includes your mouth. So sometimes a disease or infection can start in your mouth and adversely affect your overall health. For example, infection of the gums in diabetics can make it harder to fight off infections in other parts of the body and can also make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.
The inflammation from gum disease has also been connected to the inflammation of blood vessels in heart diseases, including stroke and heart attack.
It’s important to take care of your entire body, and a healthy mouth is a great place to start for overall health.
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