Oral health affects the whole body

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Oral health affects more than just your teeth and gums; recent studies show that oral hygiene can be linked to all kinds of diseases that affect other parts of the body. Here are a few ways oral health can affect your body:

– A surprising study from the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology claims that women who use non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth wash have a lower rate of delivering premature babies. One theory is that gum-inflammation from gum disease could trigger early birth.

– Several studies have also tied periodontal disease with heart disease. The American Academy of Periodontology says people with periodontal disease are more than two times more likely to have heart disease than those without periodontal disease.

– A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association state adults who have lost more teeth before 35 are more likely to develop dementia.

– The American Academy of Periodontology also found that a healthy mouth can also lower the risk of pulmonary diseases like pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and COPD.Regular dental check ups are extremely important to maintain over-all body health. If you or someone you love needs a dental check-up, please contact the Austin dentists of BridgeView Dental at 512-347-8299 to schedule an appointment.