Chernoff wholistic health symbolFundamental health awareness should begin with the mouth. When young, most people have great teeth and gums. But life experience and habits can affect oral condition more visibly detectable than in any other part of the body. As the point of nourishment, the mouth is the entry way to our biological system. So every person should understand how teeth and gums represent overall health.

Recently, more of these connections have been discovered by Dr. Nabil Bissada , chair of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine, in his study of heart disease. He reveals oral health’s link to:

  • Heart disease— beyond cholesterol numbers, bad teeth express more.
  • Prostatitis— enlarged prostate gland that is reflected through periodontisis, both inflammations.
  • Arthritis— also inflammations, joint problems are linked to oral and heart conditions
  • Alzheimer’s disease—an inflammation of the brain, which also shows in gum disease.

Taking care of your teeth can improve these more serious conditions. And for those who are healthy, taking care of your teeth and gums will lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease and subsequent life-threatening troubles.

Dr. Bissada cautions:

“If you’re too tired before bed to floss—or you’re thinking about blowing off your dental cleaning because you’re too busy—you’re not only gambling with your looks, you’re gambling with your well-being. Gum disease and a myriad of serious health problems are related; a terrific smile may be your ticket to a long (and healthy) life.”

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Refer to related articles that make oral health understanding easy and action clear:

  • Oral Cancer” —survival statistics are alarming, but screening assures long-term health through early detection.

  • Periodontal Disease” describes health risks, progression, and treatment.

  • Sleep Apnea & Snoring” —dental solutions are useful in improving condition and lowering health risks.

Explore blog articles for more personal and practical considerations:

  • Gum Health: An Early Warning System” —monitoring gum health represents all of oral health. Take care of your gums and your teeth and bone will be happy. Here are tips to keep your gums in the pink.

  • Teeth as Best Friends” —they are depended upon to help our well being. But, like any healthy relationship, they do need attention.

  • What is the Value of One Tooth?” —Scott Smith explains his realizations gained from hard experience.

  • Eight Steps to Dental Health” —of all the activities for ensuring health, dental diligence is the least time-consuming. Keep your teeth for a lifetime with only eight simple steps in a daily routine.

  • Your Dentist Can Save Your Life —Oral cancer is deadly. Your dentist is your first line of defense. 

  • Seven Questions to Ask a New Dentist” —common  misperceptions can mask some of the most important answers you should have when forming a relationship with a new dental office.

  • The Eighth Question to Ask a New Dentist” —Choose a dentist that uses the latest developments. Dentistry is on the forefront of practical innovation.

  • Inevitable Decisions” —Everyone has to deal with toothaches at some point, so being prepared is as easy as knowing the solutions.

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