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Can Oral Health Affect the Rest of My Body?

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It’s not uncommon for a particular ailment to affect other parts of your body. People don’t usually think, though, that their dental health has an impact on anything but their mouths. But having a healthy smile isn’t just important for taking nice pictures – it’s important for your entire body!

Heart Disease

It’s true: plaque buildup can contribute to heart disease. Bacteria found in plaque release toxins that can build in your artery walls. This can eventually lead to a heart attack. Although there are many studies still being done to prove the link between bacteria in your mouth and your heart health, it’s safe to say that there is a correlation there. It’s important to brush and floss away those bacteria to keep your body safe.

Digestive Health

If you have a lot of bacteria built up in your mouth, chances are bacteria are going into your system every time you swallow. Keeping a clean, healthy mouth is essential for your digestive system to function at its optimal level.

Immune System

The state of your teeth can reveal whether you may be suffering from certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS. These diseases lower your immune system’s response to certain bacteria, including the bacteria in your mouth. If your teeth and gums are deteriorating at a rapid rate without any explanation, it’s time to see a doctor.

Reproductive Health

Tooth decay and gum disease can actually cause preterm labor and low birth weight for newborn babies because of the toxins spread through the mother’s bloodstream during pregnancy.


Saliva naturally washes away bacteria and prevents the development of oral diseases. Having chronic dry mouth allows for bacteria to grow more quickly, causing rapid tooth decay. Saliva can also reveal the amount of cortisol, or stress hormone, in your body as well as the presence of drugs and other toxins in your body. Your mouth can reveal a lot about your overall health!

Maintaining your oral health is critical for a healthy body. Brushing and flossing twice daily and scheduling two professional cleaning and exams a year will help you ward off ailments that can affect your whole body. Here at Grafton Dental Care, we are committed to delivering the best dental care possible while also ensuring your comfort. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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