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Don't let poor oral care impact your health
Updated: 4/6/2012 7:00:37 PM


It's important for people to remember the connection between dental hygiene and overall health, so that they understand why it's necessary to practice proper oral care. For example, The Mayo Clinic states that the mouth is full of bacteria and if left unchecked, it has the potential to enter the bloodstream and cause serious health problems.

Recently, Fox News published an article by David B. Samadi. M.D., the vice chairman of the Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, who wanted to stress the connection between oral health and general well-being.

"Bacteria like Porphyromonas ginigivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum proliferate on unclean teeth causing periodontal disease. However, these bacteria can also cause inflammation of the vessels, with studies showing that these bacteria are associated with elevation in C-reactive protein, a marker for blood vessel inflammation," wrote Samadi for the news source.

The doctor recommended that parents stress healthy dental care habits in their children from a young age. He also suggested giving children tap water, rather than bottled, since the latter does not contain fluoride. 

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