Oral Health, Systemic Health

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Your dentist is highly-trained in evaluating not only the oral cavity but the head and neck areas for the manifestations of systemic diseases which include cancer. Early detection is important for favorable outcomes.

mhLearn more about oral cancer and other oral health topics at MouthHealthy.org.

Healthy Gums and Overall Health

We live in a health-conscious society. People of all ages recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle: a balanced diet including plenty of water, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep. But did you know that good oral hygiene is also a step toward a healthier life?

Recent research suggests there may be a link between gum disease and other health problems. Several studies, for example, connect gum disease with the development of cardiovascular problems. There is evidence that mouth bacteria associated with gum disease may be linked to heart disease, artery blockages, and stroke. Additional research suggests that the bacteria that cause gum disease can be a contributing factor in bacterial pneumonia, which also can have serious consequences.

Maintaining healthy gums is particularly important for:

People who are susceptible to bacterial pneumonia

This group includes people prone to respiratory infections, those with compromised immune systems, and the elderly.

Pregnant women

Studies further indicate that pregnant women who have gum disease may be at risk for pre-term delivery, which in turn increases the risk of having a low-birth-weight baby.

People with diabetes

People with diabetes often have gum disease, as well. Recent studies show that gum disease can make it more difficult for a diabetic to control their blood sugar. If gum disease in diabetics is treated, however, their sugar control can improve.

This information is courtesy of the ADA brochure Making the Connection: Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body.