Did you know the health of your mouth plays a role in your overall health? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, “there is a relationship between gum disease and health complications such as stroke or heart disease.”
Systematic diseases such as diabetes often first become apparent in the mouth. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry also says, “90% of all systematic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms.”
Saliva is one of your body’s main defenses against bacteria and viruses. Unfortunately, saliva can’t do everything, as there are 500 species of bacteria in your mouth at any given time that are constantly forming dental plaque. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly to prevent this plaque from building up along your gum line.
Make sure you keep your teeth in top shape and your body healthy by practicing good oral hygiene at home and making sure you schedule regular dental exams.