Members of the dental, medical and scientific communities have been aware of a connection between oral health and overall systemic health for some time now. While there is still much to be learned about the subject, studies show a clear and defined link between oral health and hygiene and a variety of systemic diseases. Here is a closer look at what we know about this link between oral hygiene and specific health conditions, courtesy of Dr. Frederick Thurston, a leading general dentist in Auburndale, FL.  




Oral Hygiene and Cardiovascular Disease

Studies indicate that inflammation commonly associated with periodontitis, a particularly severe form of gum disease, and infections caused by oral bacteria can increase your chances of developing heart disease, blocked arteries and stroke.  





Oral Hygiene and Pregnancy

Research indicates that another connection exists between periodontitis among pregnant women and babies born premature or with low birth weights.  





Oral Hygiene and Diabetes

Diabetes is known to reduce your body’s ability to effectively fight off infection, which in turn puts your gum health at risk. Gum disease is more prevalent among diabetes sufferers than it is the general population, and this is believed to be due largely to the fact that diabetes are often unable to manage their blood sugar levels appropriately.  





Oral Hygiene and Endocarditis

Endocarditis is a disease caused by an infection affecting the inner lining of your heart. It is often caused when bacteria that exists in other parts of your body – like in your mouth – makes its way through your body and ultimately attaches to weak areas of your heart.  




Concerned About the Connection Between Oral and Overall Health?

Taking care to practice strong oral hygiene habits has positive effects on your entire body. If you have any questions about the connection between oral health and systemic disease, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, call the Thurston Comprehensive Dental Center today at (863) 852-1227.