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Some people think that visiting the dentist and practicing good oral hygiene only help keep one's smile looking attractive. However, dentists may be able to detect serious health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes or stroke risk during such exams. Moreover, insufficient oral care has been linked to poor overall health.
At a recent public health seminar, Atlanta dentist Peter V. Vanstrom highlighted the ways in which dental care can affect the entire body.
He explained that symptoms of red gums, tooth erosion or even bad breath may indicate that a person has an underlying medical condition. In addition, the dental expert said that bacteria in the mouth may access an individual's bloodstream through his or her gums and cause inflammation in the body, which can lead to a number of diseases, including dementia.
"People with gum disease are at greater risk of having a stroke or even dementia or Alzheimer’s since it is an inflammatory condition, and inflammation in a person’s body causes dementia," he said.
This may have significant implications for women, since females are more likely to experience dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to EverydayHealth.com.
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