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The Link Between Oral and Overall Health
Date:8/25/2014

Mountain Brook, AL (PRWEB) August 25, 2014

As summer ends and the school year begins, Americans show more interest in their overall health. Did you know the health of your mouth may mirror your overall health. What’s the link? For one, good dental care helps prevent a buildup of bacteria and inflammation from gum disease. And that may help protect other parts of your body.[1 ]

Comedian Sherri Shepherd, and advocate for healthy living says:
"I am trying to inspire people to just take control of their oral health, because if we don't take care of our oral health, it affects so many different aspects of our lives. If your smile and mouth is not together, it affects your relationship, your self-esteem, your health."

Researchers need to conduct more studies to confirm the possible links, but evidence is growing that quality oral health means an improved overall healthy wellness for each of us.

Heart and blood vessels: Research suggests that heart disease and stroke may be linked to bacteria in your mouth.[1] For example, a recent worldwide trial of nearly 16,000 people showed a strong link between oral health and heart health risk factors in people with chronic heart disease. Gum bleeding was linked with higher levels of “bad” cholesterol and high blood pressure.[2] Other studies show that heart attacks are more common in people who have dental disease.[3]

Diabetes: Research also shows a connection between diabetes and gum disease. But which leads to which? It actually goes both ways. Gum disease may get worse if you have diabetes. Some even call it the “sixth complication of diabetes.” People with diabetes who have gum disease also have trouble controlling their blood sugar levels. And this may make it harder to manage their disease.[3]

Other possible links: There appears to be a link between gum disease and premature birth and low birth weight. Affecting the other end o
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