What your smile says about your overall health

What your smile says about your overall health

Your oral health and general health are more interconnected than you may realize.

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Did you know there’s a link between your oral health and your overall health?

For example, inflamed gums may be a sign of cardiovascular disease. That’s because the same bacteria that cause our gums to swell are also responsible for building up plaque in our arteries.1

Bacteria in our mouth can even affect our respiratory system. When bacteria travel from our mouth through our bloodstream, they can eventually reach our lungs, making us more susceptible to conditions like respiratory infections, pneumonia and acute bronchitis.

And while poor oral health doesn’t always indicate an underlying health issue, maintaining good dental habits is a simple way to invest in your overall well-being. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly, at least once every six months for a teeth cleaning, to make sure you’re on the right track toward a healthy future. 


1. https://www.absolutedental.com/blog/10-health-issues-caused-by-bad-oral-health/