General and Oral Health are Linked

Recent research reveals strong links between oral health and general health. Good oral hygiene – controlling bacterial plaque and preventing gum disease, inflammation and infection – is an essential part of maintaining good overall health.

Research reveals chronic gum disease can be associated with the following health issues:

  • A significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease with greater levels of heart attack and stroke being evident in those patients with chronic gum disease.
  • In diabetic patients, gum disease can worsen blood glucose control and place them at risk of diabetic complications.
  • During pregnancy, gum disease is linked with premature and low-weight births.
  • Gum disease is also associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. This is particularly a risk for the elderly or medically compromised patients in care units, hospitals and nursing homes.