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Oral and whole-body health

Oral health and general health are intimately related, and the relationship between them is becoming better known. Chronic inflammation in one part of the body, like the gums for example, leads to a complex chain of responses elsewhere–like the liver, and within the walls of blood vessels. These responses are designed to protect the human organism, but may do so at the expense of organ system functions. It is now known, for example, that a relationship exists between periodontal health and Type 2 diabetes. The video above describes some of the systemic conditions that have been correlated with periodontal disease (gum disease), and the basic mechanisms that are thought to be involved.

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Author: Thomas J. Greany, D.D.S. / Editor: Ken Lambrecht

This page was last updated on June 8, 2023.