Healthy Teeth and Gums, Healthy Body

By Carol Waldman July 18, 2012

Good teeth can do more than keep your dental bills low’they can protect you from a whole host of health problems. The following are 5 good reasons why you should take great care of your teeth.

Heart Disease and Stroke

A number of studies have proven that inflammation and bacteria in the mouth and gums can find its way into the blood stream, leading to thickening of the arteries and increasing the risk of heart attack. Fatty plaques that build up on the inside of the vessels can break off, go to the brain and cause a stroke. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day can reduce your risk.


Doctors have long known that Type 2 diabetics have an increased occurrence of periodontal disease, but it turns out preventing gum infections may stave off diabetes in the first place. The reason may be that serious oral infections can lead to low-grade inflammation throughout the body may destroy the ability to process sugar.

Respiratory Infections

Keeping your mouth clean and healthy can also help keep your lungs protected from respiratory illness such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and COPD. The reason may lie in the bacteria caused by periodontal disease, which forms in the upper throat can be inhaled into the lower respiratory tract and obstruct breathing and develop into serious lung related problems.

Breast Cancer

Studies suggest that women are more likely to develop breast cancer if they have missing teeth and gum disease.

Pregnancy Problems

Due to hormonal functions and increased blood flow throughout your body during pregnancy, you are more likely to notice changes in your teeth and gums. About 50% of pregnant women develop gingivitis, a condition that leaves gums inflamed, bleeding, swollen and tender. Left unchecked it can lead to periodontal disease. Stay on top of your dental health during this special time.

So be good to yourself every day. Brush, floss, get regular check-ups. Eat right, exercise regularly, enjoy life and all it has to offer. Greet the day and the world with a happy healthy smile.