These are just a few benefits of good oral health. What’s surprising to most people is that your oral hygiene plays a role in your overall health. Oral health mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. Research has shown links between oral health and heart disease, facial pain, pancreatic cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease just to name a few!
We have long known that chronic (or long-term) inflammation is involved in periodontal and gum disease. Current research is investigating the role of chronic inflammation in many other diseases. At least one Canadian dentist is convinced that periodontal disease and dental decay is an early warning factor for heart disease and obesity.
There are times that your dentist may spot something in your mouth that makes him or her suspect a potential health condition that your physician has not yet diagnosed for you. When that happens, your dentist will refer you to your physician for appropriate evaluation.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself on the track to good oral health today! Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist!
*Note: Information in this article is not intended to replace the clinical judgement of your health care professionals.
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who treats both adults and children.
1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053