Here at Brighton Family Dental Group, we are dedicated to keeping your mouth healthy, but this is actually more important than you may have thought. A number of recent studies have proven that a direct correlation between oral health and overall health exists. My team and I want to educate you and your family on how good oral health paves the way for a long, healthy life.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a prime example of how connected oral health and overall health is. The mouth is more or less the portal to the body, and through it, our bodies are exposed to countless bacteria and germs. Bacteria from gum disease enters through the mouth, gets into the bloodstream, and increases a person’s risk for heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia, not to mention the common cold and other mainstream sicknesses.

About 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease, and many don’t know it. In the early stages, most people probably won’t notice any symptoms or anything out of the ordinary. The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing and flossing daily. Gum disease, however, is just one example of how strong the connection between the mouth and the rest of the body is.

Here at Brighton Family Dental Group, we are proud to offer our patients information about the mouth/body connection. The protection and insurance to having a healthy mouth is to attend regular six-month cleanings and appointments. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.