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You probably know that having a bright smile is an attractive feature and that there are several things you should do to keep your pearly whites strong. However, would you be surprised to learn that your oral health can actually impact the health of your entire body?

For example, would you be surprised to hear that poor oral health can actually lead to diabetes? You see, if you have an infection in your mouth, you’ll have to cope with inflammation. This inflammation will make your body react. This reaction may ultimately hamper your body’s ability to use insulin. Still, even if your body does use insulin properly, inflammation may result in high blood pressure.

Sadly, there are a number of other issues associated with poor oral health, such as heart disease. You see, inflammation is generally caused by this problem. To deal with this inflammation, blood vessels may constrict in your heart, which may cause hypertension since your body is trying to address the inflammation. This may leave you more likely to have a heart attack.

Still, other diseases have also been related to poor oral health. In reality, people who have lost a tooth before they turn 35 may be more likely to have Alzheimer’s. Sadly, studies have also shown a link between poor oral health and osteoporosis. If your mouth isn’t as healthy as it could be, you might also be vulnerable to autoimmune disorders.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting your oral health in Hawthorne, New Jersey, we invite you to contact Adam Rauzman, DDS by calling 973-427-4201. Our dentist, Dr. Adam Rauzman, and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.