Oral Health and General Health
We all know that maintaining the health of your teeth and gums can help prevent cavities, bad breath, gum disease, and tooth loss. And that’s no small matter. But did you know that the health of your mouth may have an impact on your overall health and wellness?
As reported by Health Canada, scientific research reveals that gum disease, if not properly treated, can lead to tooth loss and and an increased risk of more serious conditions, such as respiratory disease, heart disease, and pregnancy complications.
Plaque bacteria can travel from the mouth to the lungs and may cause infections or aggravate existing lung conditions.
Current scientific studies suggest that some of the germs from individuals with periodontal (gum) disease have also turned up in the plaques lining the walls of diseased arteries.
Pregnant women with poor oral health may be at a higher risk of delivering pre-term, low-birth weight babies than women with good oral health. Low-birth weight babies have a higher risk of developing complications such as asthma, ear infections, birth abnormalities, behavioral difficulties, and even a higher risk of infant death.
So keeping your mouth healthy may help prevent more serious health-related problems!
Dr. Ushakova and Your Oral Health Care Team