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Dental Care and Your Health: pt. I
The many ways that maintaining dental hygiene can have a positive influence on your life.
Health Problems Associated With Poor Oral Hygiene
Research has shown that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Poor dental care can lead to cavities, gum disease and a whole lot of discomfort, but few people know that these problems can lead to more severe health issues such as serious infections in the mouth, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, low self-esteem, sleeping disorders, behavioral/developmental problems in children, and digestion disorders.
Heart disease and stroke have also been strongly linked to oral hygiene. When you don't go for regular cleanings you put extra stress on your body that can increase your risk for heart attacks and stroke.
One of the hottest areas of health research right now is the link that's been established between diabetes and oral hygiene. According to the American Diabetes Association diabetics are at a greater risk for developing gum disorders, but it has also been shown that diabetes and oral health are a two way street. Developing gum disorders can wreck havoc on your blood sugar levels whether you have diabetes or not. Consistently high blood sugar levels will lead to the development of type II diabetes. Poor blood sugar control in people that already have diabetes can lead to more serious medical complications. So make sure you take care of your teeth and gums to help prevent this from occurring.
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