It is said that the condition of one’s mouth is closely tied to overall health. Find out how oral health is synced to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and many more.

Taking care of your teeth isn’t just about having a great smile and a pleasant breath. According to recent research, it found that a number of links between oral health and overall health. While in many other cases, the nature of this link still isn’t clear – researchers have yet to announce the final result whether the connections are causal or correlative – what is certain is that the condition of your mouth is closely tied to your overall physical health.

 

ORAL HEALTH AND DIABETES

According to doctors’ people who have diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have an increased incidence of periodontitis or gum disease. In July 2008, the connection was further highlighted: Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health followed 9,296 nondiabetic participants, measuring their level of periodontal bacteria over the course of 20 years. “We found that people who had higher levels of periodontal disease had a two-fold risk of developing type 2 diabetes over that time period compared to people with low level or no gum disease.

 

ORAL HEALTH AND HEART DISEASE

Apart from diabetes, the connection between poor oral health and cardiovascular conditions has been recognized the two are frequently found together – but it still hasn’t been determined categorically whether or not there is a direct causal relationship between them(The one of the main reason that there are number of other potential risk factors – such as smoking and old age – that can lead both to gum disease and heart disease).

 

PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS AND GUM DISEASE

For most of the pregnant woman, gum infections stem from the fluctuating hormone levels that come at the time of pregnancy, says Marsha Rubin, DDS, practicing diplomat of special care dentistry at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, who sees numerous pregnant patients in her practice. But other pregnant women neglect their oral care during pregnancy since they have much on their minds, she adds. While according to the 2001 study, it is found that pregnant women who develop gum disease between weeks 21 and 24 are four to seven times more likely to give birth before week 37. There is evidence that poor gum health at an extreme level can lead to low birth weight as well.