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Oral Health in America

Oral health and overall health have a connection, and this is certainly true as we learn more about oral health in America. Who would guess the number one killer of women in the U.S.A. has a connection with the health of the mouth?  It's true, your mouth has a lot to say about your general health, including heart disease, stroke, and other health issues.  If you have bad breath or occasional bleeding when you brush or floss, better head for your dentist.  These are all signs of gum disease, which studies report may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke, and problem pregnancies.
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Oral Health and Heart Disease
According to an article published in the December 2007 issue of the
Journal of Periodontology, the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology, individuals with gum disease are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease including hardening of the arteries. This is one reason why oral health is so important to overall health.

Dental Health and Heart Disease Connection

Several studies have reported the connection between gum disease (periodontal disease) and heart disease. Experts agree inflammation may be at the root of many health problems including heart disease, arthritis and most chronic illness.

When there is an infection or injury to tissues, the immune system responds by sending certain types of cells to the area to fight the injury or infection. This is called "inflammation". Inflammation sets off a domino effect of chemical reactions resulting in symptoms of swelling, redness and bleeding. No matter where the injury or infection in your body, inflammation can ultimately affect your general health.

If the inflammation is not cleared up and becomes "chronic", the affect on general health becomes more apparent. You may find yourself feeling more tired, becoming more sensitive, allergic or developing more serious illness. This is where the connection to the mouth comes in. Gum disease is nothing more than inflammation. Unfortunately, most people view gum disease as nothing more than trivial to overall health - including many in the health care profession.

CRP - Crucial Blood Test to Ask Your Doctor About
A simple blood test called C-reactive protein (CRP) can indicate if there is inflammation anywhere in your body. If CRP protein is found in the blood, it could be an early indicator of high risk for heart disease. Now that we know gum disease goes hand-in-hand with inflammation, it is wise to place high priority on the health of your mouth.

  • See your dentist regularly

  • Practice proper oral hygiene

  • Use effective Cleure Baking Soda Toothpaste with xylitol and alcohol free Mouthwash

  • Pregnancy and Oral Health
    Pregnancy problems have been seen to increase if the mother has gum disease.  This is specially seen with premature or low weight babies.

    Oral Health and Diabetes
    Gum disease is a chronic state of inflammation.  With diabetes, infection is harder to control.  As gum disease advances, it can affect your health and diabetes.  They both go hand-in-hand.  Proper oral hygiene is extremely important if you have gum disease.


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