There’s more to a healthy mouth than just a sparkling smile. Your dental health is directly connected to your overall health. Learn how healthy oral habits can reduce your risk of these 3 health complications:
1. Low Birth Weight
During pregnancy, dental health matters for both mom and baby-to-be. There’s a link between premature births and pregnant women with gum disease. Bacteria buildup can travel through the bloodstream and to the baby, causing fetal toxicity, sometimes resulting in premature birth or low birth weight.
Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart. It occurs when bacteria from another part of the body spreads through the bloodstream. Gum disease increases the amount of bacteria in the mouth, raising your risk of getting endocarditis.
3. Stomach Ulcers
Bacteria and plaque buildup can lead to larger problems for overall health. One type of bacteria in particular, Helicobacter pylori, is responsible for stomach ulcers. This type of bacteria is more common in people with gum disease, increasing their risk of getting stomach ulcers.
Reduce your risk!
Oral care is the best way to prevent gum disease, including: brushing twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and seeing the dentist regularly.
Learn more about the connection between oral health and overall health here:
- 3 Pregnancy Dental Health Tips You Weren’t Expecting
- Heart Month: Getting heart healthy and helping your teeth