POOR ORAL CARE AND YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
We in the dental field know that poor dental care can lead to cavities but how often do we think about other more serious health problems that can result from poor oral hygiene.
Research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations. Years ago, a physician who suspected heart disease would probably not refer the patient to a dentist. The same went for diabetes, pregnancy or just about any other medical condition. Times have changed. The past 5 to 10 years have seen ballooning interest in possible links between mouth health and body health.
Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA