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Take charge of your health! 

There’s more to your mouth than meets the eye, and we mean that from the heart. All that to say The Mouth-Body Connection® is real. So, for the sake of your oral AND overall health, please share any questions or concerns with your dentist during your appointment.

 

THE MOUTH-BODY CONNECTION
The Effects of Periodontal Disease

Evidence shows if you have gum disease and tooth decay, you are:

Ask the dentist about your Mouth-Body Connection®!

What do my teeth have to do with my brain? 
Chronic gum inflammation increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.* As oral bacteria breaks into the bloodstream through the gums, it can travel to organs throughout the body, including the brain. 

Can dental problems affect my heart? 
Research has shown that people with gum (periodontal) disease are two to three times more likely to suffer from a heart attack or other serious cardiovascular issue.** 

How can gum health reduce the risk of diabetes? 
Research suggests that practicing good oral hygiene and having professional deep cleanings by your dentist can help to lower your HbA1c—a lab test that indicates how well you are controlling your diabetes. 

Can my gum health affect my pregnancy? 
Studies show that pregnant women with chronic gum disease are four to seven times more likely to deliver prematurely (before gestational week 37) and underweight babies than mothers with healthy gums.* 

*According to the Journal of the American Dental Association
**harvard.edu/heart-health/gum-disease-and-heart-disease-the-common-thread

Tips from Jamie Toop, DDS

What you can do to improve your overall health today.

  • Brush and floss twice a day
  • Go easy on alcohol-based mouthwash
  • Regular dental checkups 2x a year
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Rinse your mouth with water after meals

 

We connect you with trusted dentists.

The Smile Generation connects you with trusted dentists who are committed to comprehensive, integrated care designed to put you on the pathway to early and ongoing intervention-- and ultimately better health. We call this The Mouth-Body Connection®.