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Does Dental Health Affect Overall Health?

Looking after our dental health should be no surprise for many since it’s one of the most basic lessons in hygiene that we learn early in our lives. This means that we should brush our teeth at least twice a day, floss as much as we can (preferably after every meal) and going to the dentist at least twice a year to make sure our chompers are at tip-top shape.

We do this because we know neglecting our dental health can lead to some nasty problems, such as rotting teeth, gum problems or even something as simple as bad breath. And rightfully so, since all of those are things that we should work to avoid. However, did you know that our dental health goes deeper than that? In fact, while it’s not common knowledge to many, our dental health actually has a pretty big say when it comes to our overall health. Here’s how.

Dental Health and Overall Health

According to recent studies, gum disease such as periodontitis actually go way beyond affecting our gums, and can go as far as affecting a variety of chronic conditions, such as Alzheimer’s. In fact, a study made back in 2016 even showed a link between the former and heart disease. Additionally, past studies have also proven the link that gum disease has with diabetes, stroke as well as pregnancy complications.

Unfortunately, current statistics reveal that over half of people over the age of 30 are suffering from some form of periodontitis.

Furthermore, oral issues actually reveal a lot about our bodies too. For example, dryness and cracking at the sides of our mouth means that we need more vitamin B2, while bleeding gums indicate we have insufficient vitamin C. A smooth and reddish tongue can also mean that we’re either anemic or eating a poor diet, while a raw and red mouth is indicative of stress.

And so, it’s important to take supplements when we’re having problems. Vitamin A can help a lot in healing gum tissues, while Coenzyme Q10 helps with gum growth. Vitamin C can help slow the growth of plaque and heal your gums as well.

Kid Brushing Teeth A girl brushing her teeth after a meal. Andrew Tafelski / Flickr