A brighter smile and fresh breath are wonderful things to have, but experts are learning more and more about the surprising health benefits of a clean mouth.
By now, you’ve probably heard that brushing regularly can help fight heart disease. But did you know it can help prevent certain types of cancers, too?
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Breast Cancer. As science continues to discover a very clear link between oral health and overall health, more and more studies are being conducted that explore different parts of the body. The latest study out of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden suggests that women may be over 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer if they have missing teeth and gum disease. Since this is one of the first studies of its kind, more research needs to be done to back up the results, but so far they seem to be on track with the current findings that poor dental hygiene can directly affect your general health.
Heart Disease & Stroke. A variety of studies have established that inflammation and bacteria in the mouth and gums can find its way into the bloodstream, leading to thickening of the arteries and increasing the risk of a heart attack; while fatty plaques that build up on the inside of the vessels can break off, go to the brain and cause a stroke.