How Your Oral Health is Linked to Your General Health
It has been established that there is a connection between your oral health and general health. Medical issues can cause oral health problems which can also indicate a medical issue. This is another reason to look after your teeth and visit your dentist.
Known connections include:
- Some medications decrease saliva production which keeps your mouth healthy
- Poor oral health is connected to heart disease
- Gum disease (periodontitis) is linked to poor general health
- Certain oral health issues are the first signs of HIV.
"It is important to not ignore your oral health, and if you are having pain or discomfort in your mouth, it is essential to talk to a dentist."