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 (or vice versa, an infection could start somewhere else and affect your oral health!).
For example, infection of the gums in diabetics can make it harder to fight off infections in other parts of the body. There is good scientific research linking gum disease and diabetes – clinical trials have shown that people with diabetes more likely to develop gum disease than non-diabetics. These trials also show that treating gum disease can stabilize blood sugar levels.
The inflammation from gum disease has also been connected to the inflammation of blood vessels affected by 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. Be sure to update the dental team regarding any changes in your health status and medications.
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