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You probably know that it’s very important for you to brush and floss your teeth every day if you’d like to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Still, did you know that you can actually protect your oral health by keeping your mouth healthy?

In reality, poor oral health can lead to a number of serious problems. In fact, did you know that diabetes can actually be caused by an infection in your mouth? You see, your body could inflame because of an infection in your mouth. Sadly, this inflammation can affect your body’s ability to use insulin correctly, which can result in diabetes.

Poor oral hygiene can also lead to heart disease. Essentially, because your body will be trying to address inflammation, your heart will have to work harder. This will cause the blood vessels in your heart to constrict, leading to hypertension. Sadly, this can even leave you more likely to have a heart attack.

Other issues have also been linked to poor oral health. For instance, studies have shown that poor oral health can be connected to osteoporosis. Similarly, if your mouth isn’t healthy, you could be more susceptible to autoimmune disorders, and individuals who lose a tooth before turning 35 are ultimately more likely to have Alzheimer’s.

To learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or about the connection between your oral and your overall health in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, we invite you to contact Oakmont Family Dentists at 412-828-3311. Our dentist, Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader, and the rest of our team look forward to meeting with you soon.