If youre serious about your health, you likely spend a lot of time making sure your lifestyle choices are wise ones. That probably means youre paying close attention to what youre eating, getting enough exercise and sleeping regular hours. Yet for all of your smart decisions regarding your lifestyle, you may be doing yourself a disservice if you neglect to take care of your teeth. Thats because gum disease can have some surprising connections to your overall health. In fact, failing to care for your teeth and gums can lead to serious health problems.
For example, the bacteria that can develop in your mouth without proper dental hygiene can find their way into your bloodstream. This can lead to infections and a weakening of your blood vessels, increasing your risk of stroke. Periodontal disease also has been linked to other health complications including low birth weight, diabetes and even cancer. No matter how healthy the rest of your lifestyle is, taking care of your teeth and gums is not optional. Read the accompanying guide for more information about how your oral health can influence your overall health, along with some tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
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