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The mouth has been called the WINDOW into the health of the body.  It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies, general infection or systemic diseases [diseases affecting the entire body].

A healthy mouth means more than an attractive smile.  Poor oral health and untreated diseases and conditions of the mouth can have significant impact on the quality of your general health. In many cases the condition of the mouth actually mirrors or reflects the condition of the body as a whole!

The mouth can harbor bacteria linked to tooth decay and periodontal [gum] disease.  More that 80% of the population is affected by some type of periodontal disease, or gingivitis.  Some researchers have shown a link between periodontitis [the advanced form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss] and other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia.  Other studies suggest a possible link between pregnant women with periodontitis and an increased risk of delivering low-birth-weight and or preterm infants.

More studies are needed, but some researchers suspect that bacteria and inflammation linked to periodontal [gum] disease play a role in several systemic diseases.   Likewise, diseases such as diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV infections and AIDS can lower the body's resistance to infection, making the gum disease more severe.  People with diabetes often have periodontal disease.  There is evidence that people with diabetes are more likely to develop more severe periodontal conditions than those without diabetes.  Other studies suggest that periodontal disease can make it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar.

Additionally, poor oral health affects the digestive process, which begins with physical and chemical activities in the mouth.  Ill-fitting dental appliances can also have negative affects on digestion and nutrition.

GOOD ORAL HEALTH CAN HELP REDUCE AN INDIVIDUAL'S RISK FOR SERIOUS ILLNESS SUCH AS DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, STROKE AND OTHER CONDITIONS.  Poor oral health can be an indication of problems elsewhere in the body.  Recent research presents growing evidence that connects oral health to overall general health.  IT JUST MAKES GOOD SENSE TO VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY FOR A THOROUGH EXAM, PREVENTIVE CLEANING AND ANY NECESSARY MAINTENANCE AND RESTORATIONS!

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