How Teeth affect Health
Teeth and Overall Health
Good oral health is important to overall health
"Oral health is integral to general health...you cannot be
healthy without oral health"
Donna E. Shalala
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
It's true: studies show a link between oral health and overall health in both adults and children.
Guard against tooth decay and gum disease by keeping your gums and teeth healthy and by properly caring for your child's teeth.
Poor dental health might cause serious health problems
Researchers continue to investigate the connection between oral health and diabetes and heart disease.
Poor dental health can cause the bacteria in your mouth to spread to the rest of your body. Some research has shown a link between oral health and:
Diabetes. Gum disease might make diabetes harder to control. Having diabetes can also increase your risk of gum disease.
Heart disease. Gum disease might increase your risk of heart disease.