Increasingly, the link between good oral health and good overall health is becoming clear.
It makes sense when you think about it: Your mouth is the primary entry point for all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs. Of course, this has everything to do with food. If your teeth hurt and you can't eat a variety of healthful foods, your nutrition and therefore your health, suffers.
Research suggests additional evidence: Some researchers have discovered a link between periodontitis and larger health conditions, like cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Since an over-abundance of plaque can lead to an increase in bacteria in the mouth, those bacteria can find their way into other parts of the body and increase the likelihood of serious medical conditions.
Furthermore, good oral health is vital for pregnant women, because periodontitis increases the risk for pre-term deliveries or babies with a low birth weight.
Basically, daily brushing and flossing and regular professional cleanings are just beneficial to your health. Of course, medical treatments, medications and other health issues can affect your dental care as well, so be sure to keep your dentist informed of changes in your health. Talk with your dentist if you have any concerns about how your oral health may be connected to your overall health.