Your mouth: a mirror of your health
Did you know that your mouth serves as a mirror of your overall health, in a way? It can both reflect and affect your general health.
Many studies have shown a link between gum disease and uncontrolled diabetes. People with uncontrolled diabetes are apparently more susceptible to gum disease, which in turn may aggravate their diabetes. Proper control of diabetes improves the prognosis for treatment of gum disease among diabetics.
Bacteria on teeth can be inhaled and reach the lungs, where they can provoke an infection or exacerbate any existing lung disorder.
Research suggests that there is a link between gum disease and heart disease and strokes. Patients with one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease would be wise to be screened annually for periodontal disease.
Premature or underweight births
Mothers with gum disease are one to seven times more likely to have premature or underweight babies.
It is just as important to take care of your mouth and teeth as it is to maintain good general health.