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How Your Oral Health Can Impact Your Overall Health

What conditions can be linked to oral health?


Endocarditis

This infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.


Cardiovascular disease.

Although the connection is not fully understood, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.


Pregnancy and birth complications.

Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.


Pneumonia.

Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.


How can I protect my oral health?


To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene daily.


  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush using fluoride toothpaste.

  • Floss daily.

  • Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.

  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugar

  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn.

  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.

  • Avoid tobacco use.

Also, contact your dentist/ Biodentist as soon as an oral health problem arises.


Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

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