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How dental hygiene affects overall health

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How dental hygiene affects overall health

We all know we should brush at least twice a day and keep up with flossing. But this regimen isn't just to maintain those pearly whites. Good dental hygiene can have a positive impact on your overall health according to Complete Health Dentistry. The health of gum tissue is extremely important to the entire body. Here's the ripple effect it can have if neglected.

Impact the liver. Unhealthy gum tissue is essentially a chronic inflammation in the body. As a response, the liver excretes an enzyme that increases the risk of cardiovascular incidents such as heart attacks and strokes.

Aggravate diabetes. Serious gum disease can cause blood sugar to rise. This can increase the severity of diabetes. Regular dental visits to treat gum disease can decrease blood sugar levels.

Pregnancy complications. Studies have linked gum disease to premature birth and low birth weight. Conversely, pregnancy hormones and chemicals can impact your dental health. High levels of progesterone can cause gingivitis.

Potential relation to dementia. The most recent study on periodontal disease linked gum disease to Alzheimer's and dementia. The study cited evidence that the bacteria that causes gum disease produces an enzyme that destroys neurons in the brain; leading to memory loss.

Brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, and biannual dental visits can all help decrease the risk of these issues. Dental health is much more than just aesthetics.

This article is sponsored by Complete Health Dentistry.

Additional information provided by March of Dimes and the ADA

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