Most people are not aware that the health of their mouth can affect other areas of their general health and well-being. As Health Canada points out, the facts speak for themselves.
There is a strong link between gum disease and diabetes. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums, bones and tissues that surround and support teeth. It can be difficult to recognize in its early stages as it develops slowly without any real pain. Not only are people with diabetes more at risk for developing gum disease, but also gum disease can affect the severity of their diabetes.
New research shows that there is a possible connection between gum disease and heart disease and stroke.
The same bacteria found in plaque can also be inhaled into the lungs where they may cause an infection or aggravate any existing lung condition, especially in older adults.
Early detection of oral cancer can greatly increase the success of treatment and reduce the likelihood that the cancer would spread to other parts of the body. It is estimated that 3,400 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in Canada every year. The five-year survival rate for oral cancer is 63%, lower than the survival rates for prostate, melanoma or cervical cancers.
In addition, oral disease itself can be painful, cause tooth loss, chronic bad breath and affects people of all ages. To view the Health Canada publication concerning these issues, click here.
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