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There’s no denying the relationship between oral health and overall physical health — whether you’re talking about getting braces or practicing proper oral hygiene. That’s because the body is so interconnected, what affects one part affects the others. Gum disease, in particular, has a clear connection to the rest of the body. Did you know some of the side effects of gum disease range from cancer to diabetes to problems with pregnancies? The bacteria from periodontal disease has even been shown to enter the bloodstream and increase the risk of stroke.
Because gum disease and other health issues are so linked, it’s vital to practice proper oral hygiene to protect your body. Brush and floss twice a day. Avoid habits known to damage the teeth, such as smoking or chewing tobacco. Likewise, take advantage of tools that fight gingivitis such as the UV toothbrush sanitizer.
If you’re interested in learning more about the connection between gum disease and your overall health, take a look at the accompanying guide. In it, you’ll find a clear explanation of what gum disease is, some of the side effects, and how you can practice preventative measures to protect your health.
Author bio: Dr. Kristina Sakas Katz, Associate Orthodontist at Rosen Orthodontics, joined the practice in 2017. She has been a lifelong orthodontic learner, starting at age 10, when could be found shadowing her mother, Dr. Jacqueline G. Rosen, at the office. This early childhood interest developed into a passion.
Infographic created by Rosen Orthodontics