Why is it dangerous to ignore oral health?

The oral cavity, teeth and soft tissues, are part of your entire body. The health of your mouth can have a profound effect on your general health. Oral infections such as dental abscesses, sexually transmitted diseases and periodontal (gum) disease have been shown to have direct consequences to your overall wellbeing. Just as you care for your entire body, maintaining optimal dental health will enhance your quality of life.

It is dangerous to ignore your oral health because it impacts your overall health. When your teeth and gums are unhealthy and inflamed, bacteria can flow into your bloodstream and down to your heart and other organs. Studies have shown that people with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

When you ignore your oral health, you can worsen your diabetes, become more prone to conditions like kidney disease, and if pregnant, jeopardize the birth weight of your baby.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.