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The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Wellbeing

The Link Between ORAL HEALTH & OVERALL WELLBEING At a Glance YOUR ORAL HEALTH CAN BE AN INDICATOR OF YOUR OVERALL WELLBEING Many systemic diseases present early symptoms in the mouth Saliva can be collected and tested for signs of diseases, 90% of all systemic including certain diseases have oral cancer markers signs and symptoms Specific Conditions DIABETES People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing gum disease Gum disease also makes diabetes more difficult to control Periodontal disease is considered a complication of diabetes Gum disease can increase blood sugar-a problem for diabetics HEART DISEASE Periodontal disease may increase the risk of heart disease The exact relationship between the two has not yet been established Periodontal disease can make existing heart conditions worse The inflammation from gum disease could be the cause of the association Always tell your dentist if you have a heart condition CANCER Studies have shown that men with gum disease are: 54% more likely to get pancreatic cancer 49% more likely to get kidney cancer 30% more likely to get blood cancers PREGNANCY Up to 18% of preterm, low weight births are associated with oral infections Oral bacteria may travel through the mother's blood and affect fetal development Oral infections may also lead to early production of labor triggers Let your dentist know if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant Provided by: COSMETIC DENTISTRY CENTER COSMETIC • GENERAL • FAMILY DENTISTRY wWW.THESMILEEXPERIENCE.COM Sounces: http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/arti- cles/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body http://www.perio.org/consumer/diabetes.htm http://www.perio.org/consumer/heart_disease http://www.perio.org/consumer/other-systemic-diseases http://www.perio.org/consumer/women.htm

The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Wellbeing

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Oral health affects more than just your teeth and gums; it is also linked with a number of different diseases. Get the details about these diseases and how they are linked to oral health by viewing th...

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