In the past, there was not much known of a connection between oral health and general health; however, research over the past 10-15 years has provided much knowledge on this. There are quite a few medical conditions associated with periodontal disease; these include heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Other research has linked oral health to cancer, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, arterial disease, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as to pre-term low birth weight for babies.
Further, with regular dental visits, a complete oral examination may lead to the findings of acid reflux, human papilloma virus (HPV), AIDS, and other diseases which can become evident from an oral exam.
In order to minimize general health problems, we would recommend a well-balanced diet, limiting snacks, limiting or eliminating sugary drinks, practicing good oral hygiene during the day with either rinsing with water, brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, and daily flossing. You may also consider anti-microbial oral rinses. In addition, we recommend regularly seeing the dentist at least twice annually to find these problems earlier. This is key.
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