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Most people don’t realize this, but your oral health has a direct correlation to your systemic – or overall body – health. If you don’t have good oral health, you put yourself at serious risk for other health problems that can be far more troublesome than cavities, or even tooth loss.

To help you understand why your oral is so important, let’s look at some of the things poor oral health can cause.

Jawbone deterioration
If you let your oral health go too far, you may end up with periodontitis, which is the most advanced form of gum disease you can contract. Left untreated, periodontitis will cause tooth loss and even infect your jawbone, causing it to deteriorate.

Cancers
Bad oral health has also been linked to various cancers, including mouth, throat, and lung. While it may seem like a stretch to connect your oral health to cancer, consider the fact that your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. If it’s not healthy, what’s to keep the bacteria inside of it from spreading?

Heart disease

Heart disease is still the number-one killer of adults in America, and bad oral health has also been linked to heart conditions. If you don’t take care of your teeth, you could put yourself at risk for any number of heart conditions.

At the end of the day, it’s far easier – and better for your health – to take care of your oral health than to let it fall by the wayside. If you need help with figuring out a good oral health regimen, please call us today at 781-272-2875 for more information.