Your mouth can reveal many things about your overall health and well-being. When trouble starts in your mouth, it could be a sign of trouble somewhere else in your body. On the other hand, how well you take care of your oral health can also have an effect on your overall health.
Think about these facts:
- Poor oral health can affect many parts of your life, including nutrition, sleep, emotional health, relationships and school or work.
- Studies show a link between gum disease and other health issues such as diabetes, stroke and pregnancy complications.
- Your mouth is a doorway for infections that have an effect on other parts of the body.
Keep your mouth healthy. It can go a long way in keeping your body healthy, too.
Heart of the matter: Some studies show that inflammation and bacteria from severe gum disease may be linked to stroke, clogged arteries and heart disease.
Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.