Have you been skimping on your oral care routine lately? Be aware that there is much more at stake than only your teeth and gums.
Your oral health can affect your whole body. More and more evidence seems to be showing that there is a strong association between gum disease and serious health problems such cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, explains why your overall health is intrinsically linked to your oral health.
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"The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only one in six people realises that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke or diabetes. And only one in three is aware of the heart disease link."