The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the most dangerous diseases in the United States have a correlation with dental health. These issues include diabetes, cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

-Pneumonia, as well as other infections of the lung, can be a result of inhaling bacteria from the mouth.

-People who live with diabetes have higher rates of periodontitis, as well as heart disease.

-Poor oral health may play a role in pancreatic cancer and diabetes.

-35 percent of people who have coronary artery disease also have periodontal disease.

-Persons with periodontal (gum) disease suffer strokes 4.5 times more often than those without gum disease.

-There may be a connection between tooth loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies in Japan showed Alzheimer’s disease was prevalent among 60-year-olds who had lost half of their teeth.

If you want more information about the connection between oral health and overall health, Dr. John Bosak, Jr. would be happy to talk with you. You can contact us to make an appointment at: 818-368-5676, or come by our office in Granada Hills, California.