The Link: Your Mouth & Serious Health Conditions

Danger signs may show up in your teeth and gums before they appear elsewhere

 

A great smile. Fresh breath. Pain-free teeth and gums. All marks of good oral health. But did you know your mouth is connected to overall wellness?

Recent research reveals a link between chronic oral infection and serious illnesses, including:

 

Your mouth and mind are connected

It’s not just your body at stake. Oral health conditions like birth defects, chronic pain and cold sores can damage self-esteem, interfere with social interactions, and may result in lost productivity, stress and depression.

 

Reducing your risk

Preventing dental problems is easy. Just remember:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Visit your dentist regularly and share any health issues with your dentist

 

WATCH: Learn more about oral health and overall wellness in our quick video 

 

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