Oral Health Affects Systemic Health
Did you know that the billions of oral bacteria that call your mouth home have the potential to wreak havoc on your oral health when left to multiply? Or that gum/periodontal disease – which can develop when oral bacteria are left unchecked – can significantly impact your systemic health? Here’s how.
Oral bacteria can…
- Enter your bloodstream and release toxins that can attach to artery walls and enter your respiratory, digestive, and other systems.
- Cause your bacteria-fighting blood cells to release proteins that may trigger an inflammatory autoimmune response.
- Create a protein that can cause your blood platelets to encase and protect them from your immune system and antibiotics.
Simply put, gum disease is more than just an oral issue! It has been linked to cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more.
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