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  • Writer's pictureKobi Mohsseni

Connection of oral health to overall health

Your mouth is teeming with germs, most of which are harmless .

However, some of these bacteria can spread disease as your mouth serves as the entrance to your digestive and respiratory systems.

Bacteria are often kept in check by the body's natural defenses and proper oral hygiene practices like twice brushing with soft bristle toothbrush and fluorided toothpaste for at least 2 minutes and flossing at least once a day.

But without good dental hygiene, bacteria may build up to the point where they cause oral infections including tooth decay and gum disease.

According to studies, many disorders may be influenced by oral bacteria and the inflammation brought on by a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis).

Additionally, conditions like diabetes and HIV/AIDS can make it harder for the body to fight against infections, exacerbating oral health issues.

The conditions which can be linked to oral health are :

Endocarditis / Cardiovascular disease / Pregnancy and birth complications / Pneumonia

Diabetes /HIV/AIDS / Alzheimer's disease

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