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Oral Health and Overall Health


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The mouth (teeth, gums, tongue, cheek lining, and lips) plays a crucial role in helping people stay healthy. As a gateway to the body, what you put in your mouth and your oral health affect the rest of your body.

Some ways oral health can impact overall health include:

  • ​Heart disease
  • Endocarditis (heart infection)
  • ​Quality of life
  • Limited food choices

Oral health can also be an indicator of other health issues including:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • General infections
  • Pregnancy
  • ​Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis


For tips on how to take good care of teeth and the rest of the mouth, see Healthy Teeth: the Basics


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