Dental health, an overview of general health.

Do you know that general health is more related to oral health than you might think?

Like many other parts of the body, the mouth has frequent contact with bacteria, which in most cases, are harmless, but being the first point of systems such as the digestive or respiratory system, can cause a variety of problems.
Daily brushing, flossing and oral hygiene keep bacteria in check.
Studies show that oral health is closely linked to a number of problems such as:


Infection of the inner part or valves of the heart (endocardium), which usually occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as the mouth, spread through the bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.

Cardiovascular disease

Although the link between oral health and cardiovascular disease is not entirely clear, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and strokes may be linked to inflammation and infections that can be caused by oral bacteria.

Complications of pregnancy and childbirth

Oral diseases like periodontitis have been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.


Some bacteria taken through the mouth can penetrate the lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

But how can you take better care of your oral health?


  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, for a minimum of 2 minutes.
  • Use a soft bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth daily.
  • Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after washing and using the yarn.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
  • Do regular dental checkups.
  • Avoid smoking.

Do not neglect any problems, no matter how small related to your oral health. Consult your dentist for any concerns or symptoms. In medicine, often times, things go beyond what we can perceive.

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