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For years doctors have suspected a link between a person’s oral and cardiovascular health. Now, there is evidence the connection might be greater than anyone ever imagined. A recent study showed those with gum disease had a much higher likelihood of also having a chronic condition, such as heart disease or diabetes. But even as doctors acknowledge the connection between the body and oral hygiene, there are still questions about how it affects the rest of your body and why the most basic habits — like brushing your teeth — can boost your overall health.

Your Mouth Could Be the Initial Battlefront For Disease

Every day you perform routine tasks to keep your mouth free and clear of bacteria. Brushing and flossing prevent buildup that can lead to gum infection. If you fall short on dental duty and an infection develops, your immune system attacks the infection, causing the gums to become inflamed, which can continue unless you get the infection under control. And having one infection, leaves you more open to getting sick in other ways.

Long-term inflammation can lead to damage to the gums and bone structure and cause problems throughout the body. As a matter of fact, there is growing evidence inflammation plays a role in just about every health problem we face.

 

Source: Link Between Oral Hygiene and Health
How Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Quality of Life

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