“...current research indicates a strong relationship between oral health and a person's systemic health. It is well documented that a high percentage of diseases, health conditions, and chronic disorders have an oral component. These systemic conditions include pregnancy, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and kidney disease."

                                                                        Scientific American

 



The Oral-Systemic Link

We now know that the health of your mouth and the health of the rest of your body are intimately related. You cannot have a healthy body if your mouth is not healthy, and vice versa. In the past, we have all been guilty of ignoring this connection.

 

We now know that certain conditions in the mouth can increase your risk for most of the major diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. The health of your mouth has a direct impact on the overall health of your body.

 

The truth is that it may be difficult or impossible to eliminate inflammation in your mouth unless you improve the health of the rest of your body. If you are to control inflammation in your mouth, as well as the rest of your body, then we must consider things that have previously been largely ignored by the dental profession.

 

These would be things like diet, nutrition, exercise, toxin exposure, blood sugar levels, weight, and stress. And thus when trying to eliminate the health risks from bleeding gums, many times we need to focus on the overall health of the body as well as the mouth.