Keep your pearly whites in peak condition for better overall wellness
Your teeth can reveal a lot about your overall wellness-research has linked poor oral health to conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke and autoimmune disorders. The issue is twofold. If you already have one of these conditions, some signs may show up in your mouth: People with uncontrolled diabetes, for example, are more likely to have gum disease, cavities and oral infections. On the flip side, gum disease can increase your risk of developing health issues in the first place. That's because the bad bacteria in your mouth (a cause of inflammation) can actually make their way into the rest of the body, causing other areas to become inflamed.
"The cardiovascular connection is known to be especially strong," says New York City-based periodontist James Jacobs, DMD. For example, one British study showed that people who brush infrequently were 70 percent more likely toRead More »from 10 Oral Health Questionsâ€”Answered