The Health of Your Mouth
Affects You From Head to Toe
Dentists have long known that oral health affects more than the mouth. It can affect your entire body.
- TMJ Dysfunction can cause headaches, numbness in the fingers and ringing in the ears.
- Tooth abscesses can cause infections and inflammation.
- The rate of oral cancers – and subsequent deaths – is on the rise. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 34,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Of those 34,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in 5 years. This number has not significantly improved in decades.
Now there’s even more reason to keep your mouth in optimal health.
Recent studies have linked periodontal (gum) disease to an increased risk of serious diseases and conditions.