The Health Connection Between Your Mouth And Body

The Health Connection Between Your Mouth And Body
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    Ever since you were a kid, you’ve heard about how important regular brushing and flossing are for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

    However, did you know good dental hygiene could have significant effects on your overall health, too?


That’s because there are many connections between oral health and your overall health. Keeping your teeth clean can help keep you healthier overall. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. That means, whatever affects your oral health can affect the rest of your body, and vice versa.

If you’re looking for proof, consider the fact that nearly 90 percent of systemic diseases also produce symptoms that are noticeable in the mouth. Many doctors and dentists are beginning to understand the greater connection between oral health and overall health. So it’s important for you to make the connection as well. You need to pay better attention to your teeth and gums as part of taking care of your body.

Connection Between Teeth Bacteria and Respiratory Illness

It has been found that there’s a strong connection between bacteria that can build up on your teeth and respiratory illness. That’s because without proper brushing and flossing, you can breathe in this bacteria and cause lung inflammation and infection. That can lead to serious problems that could have been prevented with proper dental hygiene.

This connection between oral health and body health can go the other way, as well. For example, diabetes can lead to higher glucose levels in the blood, which can encourage harmful bacteria growth in your mouth. A higher percentage of body fat, which also contributes to diabetes, has been shown to have a strong connection to the spread of periodontal disease. In pregnant women, periodontal disease also has been linked to lower birth weight and an increased risk of pre-term birth.

Importance Of Regular Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing regularly is important to keeping your teeth and gums healthy; the benefits can be even more far-reaching. The following guide illustrates some of the many connections between oral health and overall body health. Review it and you’ll have a greater appreciation for good dental hygiene habits.

This infographic was created by Grove Dental

Author bio:
Teresa Tuttle is Marketing Director for 
Grove Dental Associates, a multi-specialty group dental practice in Chicago’s western suburbs. With more than 30 doctors and 50 years of practice experience, Grove Dental’s offices stay on the cutting edge of dentistry to better serve patients.

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