If you’re at all familiar with how oral hygiene impacts your whole body health, you’ve probably heard of the link between heart disease and oral health. For decades, a link between heart disease and gum disease has been reported, but until the last few years, the reasons for this connection were not known. We now have a clearer understanding of why these two health issues are linked, and dentists and medical professionals are better equipped to diagnose and treat the two diseases in conjunction. Keep reading to learn more about the links between heart disease and gum disease and why visiting the dentist for your six month preventive dentistry exams is so essential.
You may have heard of the “mouth body connection,” but many patients think that only refers to how poor oral health impedes the ability to consume nutritious foods. Actually, there’s much more to it. Numerous whole body health concerns have early warning signs that manifest as oral health concerns, and those patients with poor oral hygiene seem to have a greater risk for health issues, including pancreatic cancer. Oral hygiene is essential no matter what, but if you’re at an increased risk for pancreatic cancer, it may be even more important. In this post, we’ll discuss current research that has linked poor oral hygiene with increased risk for pancreatic cancer. The result of this research makes keeping up with regular preventive dentistry appointments even more essential.