Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
It is important to take care of your teeth and prevent the onset of gum disease not only for good oral health, but for good overall health as well. Studies show that patients who suffer from gum disease are at an increased risk of illness in other areas of the body. Gum disease that is left untreated can often lead to an increased risk in heart disease, pancreatic cancer, and diabetes. This is why proper oral hygiene is important, not only to preserve your oral health, but your overall physical well being.
Pancreatic Cancer and Heart Disease
Studies have shown that there is a link between good oral health and good overall health. Patients who display good oral hygiene have a lesser chance of contracting more serious illnesses such as pancreatic cancer and heart disease. The inflammation that is produced by gum disease can cause bleeding, which then allows for the bacteria in the mouth to enter directly into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body.
Patients with diabetes have weakened immune systems, which make it more difficult to fight off infections caused by gum disease. Some studies have linked uncontrolled diabetes with gum disease, suggesting that gum disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar. Having good oral health can make it easier to control diabetes and therefore protect your overall physical health.
Low Birth Weight in Children
Recent studies have suggested that there is a link between gum disease and premature birth. Maintaining good oral health can be a key step in the prevention of low birth weight children. It is recommended that you see Dr. Roman Shlafer as part of your prenatal care for tips on keeping good oral health.
Getting Started Early
It is never too early to teach your children the importance of good oral health. Healthy habits such as daily brushing and flossing can go a long way in the prevention of gum disease. In order to establish healthy habits in your kids, you must be role model. Practicing good oral hygiene yourself will set an example for your kids, making them more likely to develop these habits themselves.