How Oral Hygiene Affects The Rest Of Your Body

oral hygieneWe all know by now that our oral hygiene affects the rest of our bodies. In an article by Rachael Rettner from livescience.com, she writes more about this.

Oral hygiene is related to diabetes. Diabetes changes the blood vessels which can weaken the gums and make them more vulnerable to infection. Dentists can play a role in diagnosing diabetes because of this.

Heart disease is linked with periodontal disease as well. A previous study found that people with periodontal disease had a 19 percent increased risk for developing heart disease.

Some other things that oral health are linked to are pregnancy and risk of preterm birth, knee arthritis, respiratory illness and more.  Read the full article here: How Oral Hygiene Affects the Rest of You.