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The Oral-Systemic Health Connection

health connection with teeth

Did you know that your smile’s health is a reflection of your overall wellness? The oral-systemic health connection is a strong one. In fact, research shows that active gum disease and other dental infections are directly related to problems like

  • Infertility (both genders)
  • Pneumonia
  • Diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low birth weights and premature labour
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

…and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.

Why It Matters

Having an active infection inside of your mouth allows oral bacteria to spread further into your body. Bleeding, swollen gums mean that dental plaque can dislodge from your teeth and move straight into your cardiovascular system. From there, biofilm can collect inside of your blood vessels and heart.

The Strain to Your Immune System

When there are two infections inside of your body, it’s hard — if not impossible — for your immune system to battle both of them. But if you take one of those diseases away, your body can better address the other problem, making it easier to heal and recover from.

With gum disease it’s no different. Eliminating the source of periodontal infections gives your immunity a boost, so that you can bounce back from or better manage underlying health problems.

In fact, some research has shown that flossing, brushing, and gum treatments can significantly improve a person’s health (in both diabetes and infertility) within a few months.

Take Control of Your Health

If you’re struggling with stabilizing your blood sugar, trying to get pregnant, or battling a respiratory illness, take a good look at your mouth. Do you have a gum infection of heavy plaque buildup?

Schedule a check and clean at Somersmiles Dental. Our Somerville dentists will help you get your smile back in check, so that you can focuses on what matters the most: your health!