Keeping your gums and teeth healthy will help reduce toothaches and gum disease, but did you know there’s also a direct link between oral health health and your overall health?
Diabetes: It has been found that people with higher levels of periodontal disease were twice as likely to get Type 2 Diabetes – the type that’s related to high blood sugar due to reduced insulin production from the pancreas, as well as insulin resistance.
This is because having mouth infections can lead to inflammations that make it harder for your body to process sugar.
Heart Disease: A study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2005 counted the periodontal bacteria levels of people who have no history of heart failures or strokes.
Eliminating factors like age, gender, etc., the study revealed a relationship between gum diseases and heart diseases.
The researchers suggested bacteria that enter the gums can block the blood vessels, which can potentially intensify enough to cause heart problems.
Pancreatic Cancer: In a survey conducted by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on over 51,000 American men, 67 out of 216 participants that had pancreatic cancer also happened to have periodontal disease.
Researchers speculated that the increase of carcinogenic compounds were produced in the infected mouth.