Would you brush your teeth more carefully if you knew it would protect you from heart disease? Would you floss more closely if you knew that it would shield you from kidney failure? Believe it or not, there is evidence that gum disease affects the rest of your body outside of your mouth, including lots of the central organs. Keep reading to find out what this could mean for you.
While there have been a few studies suggesting a link between the welfare of your mouth and the health of the rest of your body, please take note that these are ongoing and that the dental care community has not come to a consensus on their merit. However, their implications, if true, are far-reaching. No longer would brushing your teeth impact only your mouth – it would also affect your organ systems and your bodily health. The studies have found that the two biggest links that can be made to oral health are diabetes and stroke. The best course of action is to practice good oral hygiene, regardless of whether the studies are correct. That means brushing your teeth two times daily, flossing at least once a day and visiting our office for your normal biannual checkups.
The Robert A. Horowitz, DDS staff and Dr. Robert Horowitz can be contacted at 914-529-4136; call them now to plan your next checkup in Scarsdale, New York.