Dental Health and General Health
While oral diseases are important themselves, their relationship to overall general health is often overlooked. Dental health has been linked with other chronic health conditions including:
- Untreated gum disease can increase the risk of respiratory disease. This happens when bacteria in plaque travels from the mouth to the lungs, causing infection or aggravating existing cardiovascular conditions.
- People with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontitis - an infection of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. The infection can lead to loss of the bone that holds the tooth in its socket and may result in tooth loss.
- People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get fungal and viral infections in their mouths.
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