As we age, we become more vulnerable to ailments and disease—sometimes for surprising reasons. Multiple studies have linked an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease to poor dental hygiene.
Bacteria that cause gum disease can actually enter the blood stream and reach other organs and tissues in the body—releasing disease-causing chemicals.
For example, periodontal disease decreases your ability to maintain blood sugar levels, making you more prone to diabetes or making diabetic symptoms worse.
In addition, the more severe your periodontal infection, the higher your risk of developing heart conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart attack.
Oral hygiene should never be overlooked. Make twice-daily brushing and flossing part of your family’s routine. Plus get regular dental checkups. It may affect your health more than you think.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Dental health reduces risk for dementia
- Persistent dental plaque increases risk of dying early from cancer
- The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 5 – Dental Health
- Gum Disease Treatment Recommended During Pregnancy
- Regular teeth brushing linked to healthier hearts
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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